Star-gazing pays off teen photographer

George Martin (16) from Harborough, has been named Young Astonomy Photographer of the Year after capturing an image of the comet Lovejoy
George Martin (16) from Harborough, has been named Young Astonomy Photographer of the Year after capturing an image of the comet Lovejoy

A Harborough teenager who captured an image of a comet which won’t be visible from earth again for another 8,000 years has been named Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year after he entered the image into a competition.

George Martin (16) tracked the comet Lovejoy in December last year using a telescope in his back garden connected to a camera.

George Martin (16) from Harborough, has been named Young Astonomy Photographer of the Year after capturing an image of the comet Lovejoy

George Martin (16) from Harborough, has been named Young Astonomy Photographer of the Year after capturing an image of the comet Lovejoy

The rarely-visible comet made the news last year as it was visible to the naked eye.

George entered his image into the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, held at the Royal Greenwich Observatory.

He said: “It was great news when I found out I had won.”

George said his love of astronomy began about two years ago when he was bought his first telescope.

He added: “I think a lot of people who have a telescope eventually want to start using it to take photos.

“It’s something I really enjoy. I set the telescope up in the back garden so there is some light pollution, but I can usually get some very good images.”

George attends Robert Smyth School and was 15-years-old when he captured the image of Lovejoy.