Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 - winners announced 18 Sept

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 shortlist revealed!

Star trails sweep over the Giant’s Causeway, dust clouds are moulded into colossal arrangements by cosmic radiation, a bright meteor passes over Indonesia’s smoke-spewing Mount Bromo – this year's competition has received more outstanding pictures than ever before.
View a selection of the shortlisted images.

Now in its sixth year, the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition and exhibition showcases incredible images from astrophotographers all around the world. The winning images will be posted here on 18 September, and will be on display at the Royal Observatory from that date.

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Star trails over Squeaky Beach by Steph Hall

Step-by-step guides on how to achieve the best results, from getting the right gear through to processing.

You can also download our schools guide to observing and photographing the night sky.

Star trails image by Steph Hall

Take home the best of Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Astronomy Photographer of the Year book coverThe Royal Observatory has partnered with Collins to produce a beautiful hardback book featuring all the winning and shortlisted images from the 2013 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. 

Order yours now from our shop. Save £10 when bought with Collection 1 - simply add both to your basket. 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 appAstronomy Photographer of the Year 2.0 for iPhone and iPad is the perfect app for astronomy and photography enthusiasts, allowing users to explore 90 breath-taking images of space. The app allows you to browse photographs, read comments from photographers and experts, bookmark your favourite image, play a slideshow of selected images and share any entry on Facebook, via Twitter or by email.

Price: £1.99 Download from iTunes
Developer: HarperCollins Publishers Limited