Meet the judging panel for the 2015 competition.

Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Astronomy Photographer of the Year judge Maggie Aderin-PocockMaggie Aderin-Pocock has worked as a space scientist for the last 10 years. She also has a fellowship at UCL, enabling her to do the science communication work that she loves. In 2014, she joins the presenting team of the BBC's astronomy series, The Sky at Night.
Photograph © Robert Taylor

Chris Bramley

Chris BramleyChris Bramley is the Editor of Sky at Night Magazine. A journalist for over 10 years, he been with Sky at Night Magazine since it launched in June 2005, where he has forged his passion for astronomy and observing the night sky.

Jon Culshaw

Chris BramleyJon Culshaw is a comedian, impersonator and a regular guest on The Sky at Night. Jon writes the monthly 'Exoplanet Excursions' column for Sky at Night Magazine. He was also a judge on the 2013 panel of the Royal Society 'Winton Prize for Science Books'.
Photograph © Emma Samms

Will Gater

Astronomy Photographer of the Year judge Will GaterWill Gater is an astronomer, journalist and author of several popular astronomy books. He is an experienced observational astronomer and astrophotographer and appears regularly on TV and radio to promote the subject. Visit his website.


Marek Kukula

Astronomy Photographer of the Year judge Marek Kukula Marek Kukula is the Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. He has 15 years experience of astronomy research, specialising in the study of distant galaxies and supermassive black holes, and now works to explain astronomy and space science to the public and media.


Pete Lawrence

Astronomy Photographer of the Year judge Pete LawrencePete Lawrence is an experienced astronomical observer and highly regarded as a world class astrophotographer. In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Davies Medal by the Royal Photographic Society for significant contributions in the digital field of imaging science. Pete is a Sky at Night presenter and regular contributor to the BBC’s Stargazing Live. He has written the Sky Guide section for the monthly Sky at Night Magazine since it was first published in 2005.  

Chris Lintott

Chris Lintott Chris Lintott is best known as co-presenter of the BBC's long-running The Sky at Night. He is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Oxford, where he runs Zooniverse.org, the world's most successful collection of citizen science projects. Chris is also a Trustee of the Board of Royal Museums Greenwich.

Ed Robinson

Ed Robinson Ed Robinson is an award winning Photographer, Director, Creative Director and Visual Consultant. Ed is founder of OneRedEye Visual Communications and has over 20 years of experience working in the photography industry, creating impactful and considered photographic imagery for a wide portfolio of international brands.

Melanie Vandenbrouck

Melanie VandenbrouckMelanie Vandenbrouck is curator of Art post-1800 at Royal Museums Greenwich and chair of the Museum’s Contemporary Art Forum.