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Northern Lights Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: MaryBeth Kiczenski

Northern Lights Photographer of the Year awards 2022: all the extraordinary winning shots

From beaches in Iceland to icebergs in Greenland, these are the best borealis shots of 2022

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham
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When it comes to spectacular natural experiences, it doesn’t get much more magical than the Northern Lights. Caused by particles from the sun crashing into the earth’s atmosphere, the resulting waves of light across the night sky are totally, famously dazzling.

It makes sense, therefore, that the Northern Lights Photographer of the Year awards by travel and photography blog Capture the Atlas is one of the year’s most captivating photography competitions. The NLPYs doesn’t just capture the ‘northern’ lights but aurora in general, meaning that some shots also came from southern hemisphere locations such as New Zealand.

This year’s edition of the competition saw 25 works singled out thanks to the quality of the image, the story behind it and its overall inspiration. You can view all the winners here but, in the meantime, here are some of our favourites.

Northern Lights Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: Asier Lopez Castro
Northern Lights Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: David Erichsen
Northern Lights Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: Douglas Thorne
Northern Lights Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: Giulio Cobianchi
Northern Lights Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: Jannes Krause
Northern Lights Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: Kavan Chay
Northern Lights Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: Ruslan Merzlyakov
Northern Lights Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: Unai Larraya
Northern Lights Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: Vincent Beudez
Northern Lights Photographer of the Year 2022
Photograph: Virgil Reglioni

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