Ahead of the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners announcement on 17 September, we're catching up with the competition judges. We talked to them about the competition and why they want to be involved. 

Astronomy Photographer of The Year, Judges on judging day

Chris Lintott

Chris is best known as co-presenter of the BBC's long-running The Sky at Night. He is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Oxford, where he runs Zooniverse.org, the world's most successful collection of citizen science projects. Chris is also a Trustee of the Board of Royal Museums Greenwich.

"The night sky is something that everyone shares, and the experience of exploring space is something everyone should experience. IAPY is our chance every year to take a fresh look at the Universe around us, and see even the familiar in a new way. I love the variety of images that we get to look through and argue about, whether it’s a technically stunning deep sky shot of something like the Horsehead nebula, or a beautifully framed image of the Moon over a snow-capped mountain. IAPY lets us see the Universe as others do, and the resulting view can be profoundly exciting, interesting or surprising. With the breadth and range of astrophotography expanding all the time, thanks to new technology, I hope we can inspire people to go out and have a go, as well as to try new things - so far, our entrants have had no trouble making the judging one of the highlights of my year."

See a selection of the shortlisted images here.