Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year is the largest international competition of its kind, annually showcasing phenomenal photography of the night sky and the universe taken from a global community of talented astrophotographers.

The 2018 adult and young competitions are open for entries from Monday 15 January until Friday 9 March. You can see the 2017 awesome winning photographs in our free exhibition at the Royal Observatory until July 2018.

To celebrate the tenth year of the competition we are opening a new gallery at the National Maritime Museum to display the 2018 winners alongside some of the best images from the last nine years.

We welcome artist Sarah Pickering to the judging panel this year, joining renowned comedian and keen amateur astronomer Jon Culshaw, Editor of BBC Sky at Night Magazine Chris Bramley, the Royal Observatory’s Public Astronomer Dr Marek Kukula and a host of experts in the worlds of art and astronomy.

See the 2017 winning photograph

The winner of the competition’s nine categories and two special prizes was announced on Thursday 14 September at a special award ceremony at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the stunning shortlisted images are on display in a free exhibition at the Astronomy Centre.

For the first time in the competition’s nine years, judges received images of Uranus and asteroids from among the 3,800 entries from enthusiastic amateurs and professional photographers, taken from 91 countries.

Rebecca Roth of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center was welcomed to the judging panel this year, joining renowned comedian and keen amateur astronomer Jon Culshaw, Editor of BBC Sky at Night Magazine Chris Bramley, the Royal Observatory’s Public Astronomer Dr Marek Kukula and a host of experts in the worlds of art and astronomy.

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