Deadline Approaches for Royal Observatory Greenwich's Astronomy Photographer of the Year 15 Competition, plus People's Choice Awards Winners 2022

Less than two weeks are left to enter the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 15 competition run by Royal Observatory Greenwich, supported by Liberty Specialty Markets and in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine. From beginners to professionals, photographers need to submit their pictures by 21 noon (GMT) on 3 March to be in the running to win the prestigious award. The overall winner will take home a top prize of £10,000. 

Each entrant can submit up to ten images to the competition, with participants at all skill levels in with a chance of winning a prize. The competition has nine main categories, which include Aurorae (images featuring the Northern and Southern Lights), People and Space (photographs of the night sky including people or a human-interest element), Galaxies (deep-space objects beyond the Milky Way galaxy, including galaxies, galaxy clusters and stellar associations) and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year (for entrants under 16 years old). The winning images will be showcased in an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, which this year opens on 16 September 2023.  

There are also two special prizes, The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer and The Annie Maunder Prize for Image Innovation. The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer is open to amateur photographers who have taken up astrophotography in the past year and have not entered an image into the competition previously. The Annie Maunder Prize for Image Innovation recognises the best photo processed using pre-existing open source data, bringing together the worlds of art, astronomy and astrophotography. Visit to learn more about The Annie Maunder Prize and see step-by-step guides for finding images and image processing.

Photographers can enter online by visiting Each entrant may submit up to ten images to the competition.


Astronomy Photographer of the Year: People’s Choice Awards 2022

The mesmerizing Huayhuash by Daniel Zafra is the winner of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year: People’s Choice Awards 2022. Zafra faced a physically challenging trek through the Peruvian Andes to capture his spectacular image of the Milky Way, which was taken during the rainy season at Lake Carhuacocha, located about 4,150 metres above sea level. As a result, Zafra had limited opportunities for photography with only a few minutes per day of clear skies.

The second-place award goes to Miguel Claro for the dramatic A Giant in the Sun’s Limb, which captures a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) that took place in February 2022. Aleix Roig’s The Dolphin Nebula Towards a Cosmic Reef, showing the Dolphin-Head Nebula, a huge cosmic bubble, takes third place.

The winning images were chosen from a shortlist of 24 images, selected by Royal Museums Greenwich from over 3,000 images submitted to the competition in 2022.


Notes to Editors

1. The winners of Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 15 will be announced at an award ceremony on 14 September 2023. The winning photographs will be exhibited at the National Maritime Museum alongside a selection of shortlisted images. General admission will be £10.

2. The overall winner will receive £10,000. Winners of all other categories and the photographer named winner in the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year category will receive £1,500. The Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year winner will also receive a Celestron Astromaster 130EQ MD telescope, kindly donated by Celestron. There are also prizes for runners-up (£500) and highly commended (£250) entries. The special prize winners will receive £750. All the winning entrants will receive a one-year subscription to BBC Sky at Night Magazine

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5. BBC Sky at Night Magazine is Britain’s best-selling astronomy magazine, with a combined print and digital circulation of 20,788 copies a month. has 700,000 visits a month and reaches 80,000 organic social media followers through Facebook and Twitter. The magazine is available on Apple Newsstand, Google Play and Zinio as well as in print, and is media partner of the annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition run by Royal Observatory Greenwich. With writing from the world’s leading astronomers and science communicators, BBC Sky at Night Magazine complements one of the world’s longest running TV programmes, BBC Four’s The Sky at Night, and is published by Our Media, an Immediate Group company, under licence from BBC Worldwide.

6. Royal Observatory Greenwich, in partnership with Collins, will be publishing Astronomy Photographer of the Year, Collection 12 in September 2023. It is the official publication of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition and will showcase breathtaking images of space and the night sky from the 2023 competition shortlist. Photographs will be accompanied by full details including each photographer’s information, location where photographs were taken and technical specifications.

For further information or to request review copies please contact: Marta Juncosa / / 020 8307 4176. The publication will be available to buy through Royal Museums Greenwich online shop.



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Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Modern Astronomy team is dedicated to the public understanding of science and its experts are available to give radio and TV interviews on astronomy – at the historic Observatory site or in the studio.

The Observatory offers a short notice service to media stations looking for comment/interviews on any aspect of modern astronomy – discussing new discoveries and space missions, telling people what to look for in this month’s night sky, or talking about old favourites like black holes, whether there is life beyond Earth and the origins of the Universe.


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