Entry for Astronomy Photographer of the Year is now closed
Astronomy Photographer of the Year showcases the world's best space photography, from spectacular skyscapes to mind-blowing images of distant planets and galaxies.
Every year, photographers from across the globe compete to be part of the final exhibition and take home the prestigious title.
Entry to the 2023 competition is now closed. Keep an eye out for the shortlist announcement later this year, and sign up to our space newsletter to hear more about Astronomy Photographer of the Year and news from the Royal Observatory.
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Competition opening date: 9 January 2023
Competition closing date: 12pm GMT (midday) 3 March 2023
Photographers of all skill levels are invited to submit up to 10 images to the competition.
There are separate photography prizes open to adults, young photographers and astrophotography newcomers. A full list of competition categories is below.
All entrants have a chance of winning cash prizes, seeing their image displayed in an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, a year’s subscription to BBC Sky at Night magazine, and a copy of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year publication.
Explore spectacular winning images from previous competitions and our latest exhibition at the National Maritime Museum to see examples of award-winning astrophotography images.
All images can be submitted online via our dedicated competition website.
The Adult competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over, and the Young competition is open to anyone under 16.
You may submit a total of 10 images to be considered.
There will be a £10 fee per entrant. Entrants to the Young Competition and special prizes are exempt.
The overall winner's prize across all Adult categories is £10,000. Keep reading this page for full details about the prizes on offer.
The full competition rules are available here. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The different categories are listed below.
There are no separate categories in the Young competition. The Young competition will have one winner, one runner-up and three highly commended awards.
The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer: For newcomers who have only been practising astronomy photography since January 2022, are aged 16 or over, and have not entered the competition before.
The Annie Maunder Prize for Image Innovation: For images processed using pre-existing open source data. Find out more about this category here.
The overall winner is chosen from amongst all the Adult competition category winners. This winner receives £10,000 and the title of Astronomy Photographer of the Year.
There are eight different categories for adult photographers to enter. The judges will select a winner, runner-up and one highly commended entry from each category. These will receive the following prize money:
The judges will select a winner, runner-up and three highly commended images in the Young Competition.
The judges will also award two Special Prizes: the Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer and the Annie Maunder Prize for Image Innovation. Both winners will receive £750.
All winners will also receive:
Imad Ahmed Director of the New Crescent Society
Yuri Beletsky Astrophotographer and astronomer at Las Campanas Observatory
Ed Bloomer Public Astronomy manager at Royal Museums Greenwich
Melissa Brobby Journalist, science communicator and Social Media Officer for the Institute of Physics
László Francsics Architect, Chairman of the Hungarian Astrophotographers' Association, and the overall winner of Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 Overall Winner
Sheila Kanani Education, Outreach and Diversity Officer for the Royal Astronomical Society
Hannah Lyons Assistant Curator of Art at Royal Museums Greenwich
Steve Marsh Art Editor for BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Alan Sparrow Chair of the UK Picture Editors' Guild
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