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. 

Ed Robinson - Judge of Astronomy Photographer of the Year

 

Ed Robinson

Ed Robinson is an award winning Photographer, Director, Creative Director and Visual Consultant. Ed is founder of OneRedEye Visual Communications and has over 20 years of experience working in the photography industry, creating impactful and considered photographic imagery for a wide portfolio of international brands.

"This was my first year to have the honour of being invited to judge the IAPY awards. I have to say, having judged other photographic competitions, I was truly inspired by these awards, the quality of the imaging and the artistic interpretations. The standard and creativity of the entries this year were quite remarkable and the debates that ensued in the judging chamber were testament to the quality and diversity of the entrants and their associated pieces.

We are all lucky enough to live in a time where astronomy photography, and being able to observe the world around us, is becoming more accessible for amateurs and enthusiasts alike and from all ages. It is important that competitions like the IAPY exist so that those photographers and artists involved, and future image makers wanting to get involved, are challenged to do better and, of course, to be original; one thing will always remain true though, one persons view and interpretation of their surroundings will always be unique, it is this unique interpretation, with added sprinkles of artistic licence and technical knowhow, that has created such an inspiring body of entries this year... that said, sometimes it's the accidents, with a sprinkle of luck, that can, and have, lead to equally inspiring images! Never stop looking up."

The winners will be announced on twitter live from the ceremony on 17 September. See a selection of shortlisted images here.