Welcome to the fifth year of the Royal Observatory’s competition to find the best photographs of stars, planets, galaxies and other celestial highlights. Each year the competition continues to grow and in 2013 over 1200 entries were submitted from photographers all over the world.
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’.
Three special prizes are also awarded. Two are for ‘People and Space’ and ‘Robotic Scope’. The third is last year’s ‘Best Newcomer’ prize, now renamed the ‘Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer’ in honour of this well-known broadcaster, lunar observer and former judge of the competition, who died aged 89 in December 2012.