Only a week is left to enter the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 16 competition run by Royal Observatory Greenwich, supported by Liberty Specialty Markets and in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine. 

Whether beginners to professionals, photographers need to submit their pictures by 12 noon (GMT) on 5 March 2024 to be in the running to win the prestigious award.

The overall winner will take home a top prize of £10,000.  

Each entrant can submit up to ten images to the competition, with participants at all skill levels in with a chance of winning a prize. The competition has nine main categories, which include Our Sun (images including solar eclipses and transits), People and Space (photographs of the night sky including people or a human-interest element), Stars and Nebulae (deep-space objects within the Milky Way galaxy, including stars, star clusters and supernova remnants) and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year (for entrants under 16 years old).

The winning images will be showcased in an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, which this year opens in September 2024.  

There are also two special prizes, The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer and The Annie Maunder Prize for Image InnovationThe Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer is open to amateur photographers who have taken up astrophotography in the past year and have not entered an image into the competition previously. 

The Annie Maunder Prize for Image Innovation recognises the best photo processed using pre-existing open-source data, bringing together the worlds of art, astronomy and astrophotography.

Visit rmg.co.uk/imageinnovation to learn more about The Annie Maunder Prize and to see step-by-step guides for finding images and image-processing.

Photographers can enter online by visiting apy.rmg.co.uk

 

Astronomy Photographer of the Year: People’s Choice Awards 2023

The Great Solar Flare by Mehmet Ergün is this year’s winner of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year: People’s Choice Award. This impressive image was photographed using an H-alpha solar telescope and shows a dramatic solar flare, which is calculated to be about 700,000km long. 

Second place goes to Carl Evans for his photograph of Church Rock in Broadhaven, Pembrokeshire. Evans waited for two hours for the Moon to rise and appear from behind the clouds so he could capture this image, titled A Rocky Rise. In third place is Butterfly by Vincent Beudez, which captures the Northern Lights in the shape of a butterfly. Aurorae can change rapidly throughout the night making this a truly unique image. 

The winning images were chosen from a shortlist of 140 images, selected from over 4,000 images submitted to the competition in 2023.

For more information go to: apy.rmg.co.uk

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