I am a self-taught photographer based in Michigan with a background in science and engineering.  Over the last decade, I have taken a particular interest in the discipline of astrophotography.   I am able to explore the universe around us and reveal the unseen beauty of the natural world through my camera oftentimes without ever leaving home!

My work has been internationally awarded, published, and exhibited through various outlets, including:   NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, Astronomy magazine, Sky and Telescope magazine, the Astronomy Photographer of the Year, and others.  

I am excited to share these views with you for the first time or perhaps display some familiar scenes in a new light.  As much as I love to photograph the night sky, I also have a passion for the art of image processing and revealing aspects of the imagery that would otherwise be unseen.   My hope is to build this site into a helpful resource which inspires everyone.

Let's sit back and marvel at beauty within the vast reaches of space.  I sincerely hope you enjoy the journey as much as I do! 

- Jason Guenzel


Awards and Accolades

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

2023 Astronomy Photographer of the Year

  • Shortlisted: “Starless Pillars" - Messier 16

2022 Astronomy Photographer of the Year

  • Shortlisted: “Edge-On” - NGC891

2019 Astronomy Photographer of the Year

  • Highly Commended Award: “The Sun – Atmospheric Detail”
  • Shortlisted: “NGC6543 – The Cat’s Eye”
  • Shortlisted: “M82 – The Cigar Galaxy”

Astrobin Image of the Day – Awarded 14 times



BBC Sky At Night Magazine
May 2023 Issue - "Bring out beauty and detail in your images of edge-on galaxies" authored article and images

New Scientist Magazine
April 8, 2023 Issue - "Fusion of Helios" Aperture Image Feature, 2 pages and web publication

Astronomy Magazine
May 2022 Issue - "How to Identify Objects in your Astrophotos" authored article
October 2021 Issue - “Capturing the Cosmos” authored article

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2022 Catalogue
1 image page - “Edge-On" NGC891

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 Catalogue
3 image pages - “The Sun – Atmospheric Detail”, “NGC6543 – The Cat’s Eye”, “M82 – The Cigar Galaxy”

Sky and Telescope Magazine
March 2019 Issue - “Avian Ghost” image feature



2020 Mackinac State Historic Parks Artist-in-Residence 
9/2020 – 10/2020


Exhibits / Galleries          

Royal Museums Greenwich - National Maritime Museum
Greenwich, England
Backlit photo displays in major museum exhibition for space photography

9/2022 8/2023

  • "Edge-On" – NGC891

9/2019 – 4/2020

  • “The Sun – Atmospheric Detail”
  • “NGC6543 – The Cat’s Eye”
  • “M82 – The Cigar Galaxy”

Lilac Gallery
Mackinac Island, MI, USA
A selection of locally inspired, limited-edition prints 
5/2021 - present


Presentations / Talks / Guest Appearances

Ann Arbor District Library - Public Presentation
Ann Arbor, MI
June 29, 2023
“Capturing the Cosmos: A Journey into Astrophotography”

Kalamazoo Astronomical Society (KAS) - meeting
October 21, 2022
“Capturing the Cosmos: A Journey into Astrophotography”

Ford Amateur Astronomy Club (FAAC) - meeting
June 23, 2022
"Identifying and exploring objects within astronomical images"

Have a question or comment? Drop me a line in the form below.