Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year is the largest international competition of its kind, annually showcasing phenomenal photography of the night sky and the universe taken from a global community of talented astrophotographers. The 2018 adult and young competitions will open for entries in January 2017. You can see the 2017 winning images in our free exhibition at the Royal Observatory until 22 July 2018.

See the 2017 winning photograph

The winner of the competition’s nine categories and two special prizes was announced on Thursday 14 September at a special award ceremony at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the stunning shortlisted images are on display in a free exhibition at the Astronomy Centre.

For the first time in the competition’s nine years, judges received images of Uranus and asteroids from among the 3,800 entries from enthusiastic amateurs and professional photographers, taken from 91 countries.

Rebecca Roth of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center was welcomed to the judging panel this year, joining renowned comedian and keen amateur astronomer Jon Culshaw, Editor of BBC Sky at Night Magazine Chris Bramley, the Royal Observatory’s Public Astronomer Dr Marek Kukula and a host of experts in the worlds of art and astronomy.