- What's on guide
- Gallery listing
- Nelson, Navy, Nation
- The Great Map
- Contemporary Arts at Royal Museums Greenwich
- Nelson's Ship in a Bottle
- Traders: the East India Company & Asia
- Voyagers: Britons and the sea
- Arctic Convoys
- Compass Lounge
- Astronomy Photographer of the Year
- The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire
- Future exhibitions
- Past exhibitions
- Planetarium shows
The Royal Observatory Greenwich is proud to present the winning images of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013. This free exhibition showcases some incredible images of the sky, ranging from within our solar system to far into deep space.
The transit of Venus, comets, nebulae, aurorae and more can be found in the images on display. Winning entries have come from all around the world in another record-breaking year, with more images entered than ever before.
Exhibition now open
Come and see all the captivating winning entries from the competition on display at the Royal Observatory. From all over the world entrants have captured ethereal images of the sky viewed from Earth, out to swirling nebulae in deep space. See these incredible images close-up and free, and take inspiration for your own photography and star-gazing.
Inspired by this year’s entries?
Get ready for Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014. It's open to everyone – you really don’t need to be an expert or own fancy equipment to take a brilliant astrophoto. There are great prizes to be won including the chance to have your photo on display at the Royal Observatory. Look out for competition entry details here in the New Year.
Help us map the night sky by adding your photo to a vast catalogue of images from amateur and professional astronomy photographers alike. Find out more.
The Royal Observatory Greenwich would like to thank:
We visited three of our entrants on location to understand the story behind their pictures. View all films
How to... photo guides
Step-by-step guides on how to achieve the best results, from getting the right gear through to processing, plus videos from some of the winners of the competition explaining how they got their shot.
You can also download our schools guide to observing and photographing the night sky.
Star trails image by Steph Hall
2013 banner image: Star Glory Stone by Dingyan Fu
Take home the best of Astronomy Photographer of the Year
The 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.
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 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: £0.69 Download from iTunes
Developer: HarperCollins Publishers Limited