Categories and special prizes

The Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition 2014 is now closed. The winning images will be posted on this website on 18 September, and will be on display at the Royal Observatory from that date. 

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Categories and special prizes

Categories

There are four main competition categories. The Judges will select one winner, one runner-up and three highly-commended entries from each category. An overall winner is selected from the four category winners to be awarded the prestigious title of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014.

Overall winner – Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014

  • Prize: £1500

Earth and Space

We want to see photographs that include landscape, people and other 'Earthly' things. Your picture should also include an astronomical subject e.g. the stars, the Moon, or near-Earth phenomena such as aurora.

  • Winner: £500
  • Runner-up: £250
  • Highly commended entries: £125

Our Solar System

Show us your photographs of our Sun and its family of planets, moons, asteroids and comets.

  • Winner: £500
  • Runner-up: £250
  • Highly commended entries: £125

Deep Space

Submit your photographs of anything beyond our Solar System, including stars, nebulae and galaxies.

  • Winner: £500
  • Runner-up: £250
  • Highly commended entries: £125

Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Enter this category if you are under the age of 16. You can submit photographs depicting any astronomical subject, including the Earth and space, our Solar System and deep space.

  • Winner: £500
  • Runner-up: £250
  • Highly commended entries: £125

Special prizes

People and Space

This is for photos that have also been submitted to the Earth and Space category that include people in a creative and original way.

  • Prize: £350
  • Runner-up: £125

The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer

Have you taken up astrophotography within the last year? If you are a newcomer to the hobby and have not entered the competition before, submit your entries for this special prize. The judges will give special consideration to those using simple and inexpensive start-out kit, so please include a clear description of your equipment with your entry.

  • Prize: £350

Robotic Scope

A robotic telescope is considered to be one that is operated remotely, via the Internet. This special prize will only be awarded for images captured in this way and processed by the entrant.

  • Prize: £350

Information for Prize Winners

All winners will also receive a one-year subscription to Sky at Night Magazine.

Prize money will be payable in Pounds Sterling via bank transfer, along with any money owed for publishing and merchandising.  More details can be found in the Rules in section 8.

Winners will receive their prizes within 6-8 weeks of the awards ceremony on 17 September 2014.