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Now in its fourth year, 2012 was another exceptional year for the competition with over 800 entries from astronomers and astrophotographers from around the world, with almost double the number of entrants to the Young category. As a centre for science education and communication, the team at the Royal Observatory are keen to encourage an interest in astronomy at a young age to embed a life-long interest in the subject.
With the help of our friends at Sky at Night Magazine and the photo-sharing website Flickr, we asked you to submit photographs in the categories of ‘Earth and Space’, ‘Our Solar System’, ‘Deep Space’ and ‘Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year’. The prizes for ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘People and Space’ and ‘Robotic Scope’ featured again this year. After much deliberation, our judges selected the prize-winners which you can see here. Congratulations to all of them.
Take home the best of Astronomy Photographer of the Year
For the first time the best photographs of the past four years of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition have been complied into an exclusive book! Order yours now from our shops at shop.rmg.co.uk. Royal Museums Greenwich Members receive 10% off items in all our shops.
We also have a selection of specially commissioned merchandise featuring some of the winning images.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year app
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 1.0 for iPhone and iPad is the perfect app for astronomy and photography enthusiasts, allowing users to explore 90 breathtaking images of space.
Winning, runner-up and highly commended entries from all four years of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition are included within the app, in addition to judges’ comments and technical information about each image. The app allows you to browse photographs, read comments from photographers and experts, bookmark your favorite image, play a slideshow of selected images and share any entry on Facebook, via Twitter or by email.
Price: £0.69 Download from iTunes
Developer: Harper Collins Publishers Limited
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