About the categories

Find out about the categories you can enter your photographs for in the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. 

This is the biggest  international competition of its kind showcasing spectacular images shot by astrophotographers worldwide. 



For photographs featuring auroral activity.


For deep space objects beyond the Milky Way galaxy, including galaxies, galaxy clusters, and stellar associations.

Our Moon

For lunar images including lunar eclipses and occultation of planets.

Our Sun

For Solar images including solar eclipses and transits.

People & Space

This category is for photographs of the night sky including people or a human interest element.

Planets, Comets and Asteroids

Everything else in our solar system, including planets and their satellites, comets, asteroids and other forms of zodiacal debris.


For landscape and cityscape images of twilight and the night sky featuring the Milky Way, star trails, meteor showers, comets, conjunctions, constellation rises, halos and noctilucent clouds alongside elements of earthly scenery.

Stars & Nebulae

For deep space objects within the Milky Way galaxy, including stars, star clusters, supernova remnants, nebulae and other galactic phenomena.

Special Prizes

There are two special prizes:
  • The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer: for newcomers who have only been practicing astronomy photography since January 2014 and have not entered the competition before;

  • Robotic Scope: for photographs taken with a remotely operated robotic telescope and processed by the entrant.

See the 2015 winning images online