Categories and Special Prizes

Overall winner – Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015

The overall winner will be chosen from amongst all the category winners and the Young competition winner. This person will receive the prestigious title of Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015.

  • New bigger prize: £2500

See also Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 Young Competition.

Categories

We have eight new categories for you to enter and it is up to you to decide which category your photo(s) belong in. The judges will select a winner, a runner-up and one highly commended entry from each category.

Aurorae

Photographs featuring auroral activity.

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

Skyscapes sponsored by Insight Investment

Landscape and cityscape images of twilight and the night sky featuring the Milky Way, star trails, meteor showers, comets, conjunctions, constellation rises, halos and noctilucent clouds alongside elements of earthly scenery.

  • Winner: £1000
  • Runner-up: £500
  • Highly commended: £250

People and Space

Photographs of the night sky including people or a human interest element.

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

Our Sun

Solar images including solar eclipses and transits. Excludes shots of the sun with earthly landscapes – these belong in ‘Skyscapes’.

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

Our Moon

Lunar images including lunar eclipses and occultation of planets. Excludes shots of the moon with earthly landscapes – these belong in ‘Skyscapes’.

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

Planets, Comets and Asteroids

Everything else in our solar system, including planets and their satellites, comets, asteroids and other forms of zodiacal debris.

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

Stars and Nebulae

Deep space objects within the Milky Way galaxy, including stars, star clusters, supernova remnants, nebulae and other galactic phenomena.

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

Galaxies

Deep space objects beyond the Milky Way galaxy, including galaxies, galaxy clusters, and stellar associations.

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

Special Prizes

The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer

For newcomers who have only been practicing astronomy photography since January 2014 and have not entered the competition before. Any astronomical subject may be depicted. You may enter other images into the categories, but this is your chance for recognition amongst newcomers to astronomy.

  • Winner: £350

Robotic Scope

Photographs taken with a remotely operated robotic telescope. This special prize will only be awarded for images captured in this way and processed by the entrant. Collaborative groups, including school classes, are eligible to enter this special prize. Robotic telescope pictures may not be entered into any other category or the Best Newcomer prize. Photographers aged 15 and under must enter images taken with a robotic telescope in to this prize, rather than the Young competition.

  • Winner: £350

Information for winners

All winners will be showcased in an exhibition at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, opening to the public on 18 September. Winners are also featured in our annual competition book and will 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 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 2015.