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.

2017 shortlist selected

Judges for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 have selected this year’s shortlisted images. These include images of the Super Moon in the Dolomites in Italy, the Northern Lights dancing above a rainbow over Trømso harbor in Norway, and a shooting star flashing over Portland in Dorset as Jupiter looks on. The winners of the competition’s nine categories and two special prizes will be announced on Thursday 14 September at a special award ceremony at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the stunning shortlisted images will be on display once again in a free exhibition at the Astronomy Centre from Saturday 16 September.

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.