Comet C / 2012 S1 (ISON) - long-period near-solar comet broke apart 28 November 2013 at the perihelion passage.
Long-period sungrazing comet C / 2012 S1 (ISON) was to become the brightest comet of the first half of the XXI century, if survived a meeting with Sun, but November 28, 2013 it was destroyed. However, amateur astronomers had to photograph it in all its glory. The best images were announced April 14 in a special competition of the National Science Foundation with the support of the journal Astronomy and Discover. The winners were determined in three categories (two in each), plus another prize went to the owner of the Audience Award. The prizes were: 1st place - $ 2500, 2nd place - $ 1000, "Audience Award" - $ 1 500.
Category: Through the Scope, 1st place. (Damian Peach)
"People's Choice Award." Setubal, Portugal. (Eric Cardoso)
Category: Cameras and Tripods, 2nd place. Port Medway, Nova Scotia, Canada. (Barry Burgess)
Category: Cameras and Tripods, 1st place. Pokhara, Gandaki, Nepal. (Atish Aman)
Category: Piggyback Cameras, 1st place. (John Chumack)
Category: Through the Scope, 2nd place. (Gerald Rhemann)
Category: Piggyback Cameras, 2nd place. Comet ISON and Mercury. (Gaeul Song)