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Type Exhibitions
Location
National Maritime Museum
Date and Times Open daily | 10am-5pm
Prices Adults £10 | Concessions £6.50 | Children £5 | Free for all visitors from 13 March

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Glittering stars, shimmering galaxies, fiery suns and silver moons – wherever you are in the universe, don't miss Astronomy Photographer of the Year 15.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year is an annual competition featuring the world’s greatest space photography. Photographers from across the globe compete to take home the prestigious title.

Now it's your chance to see their spellbinding work.

Over 100 photographs are on show in a special exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, displayed at their best on brilliant lightbox displays.

Visit Astronomy Photographer of the Year, and see the world's greatest space photography.

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Please note: The exhibition will be free to visit from 13 March 2024 while essential improvements are taking place in the National Maritime Museum.

“Every year, I leave this exhibition feeling insignificant in the grand scheme of the universe”

Londonist

Plan your visit

How to book

Bookings up to 10 March: We recommend booking tickets online in advance to guarantee entry.

Select your date and entry time using the calendar, then choose the number of tickets you require and click 'add to basket'. When you check out, your tickets will be sent to you by email. Please bring these with you on the day either on your phone or as a printout.

Tickets can also be bought at the National Maritime Museum on the day subject to availability.

Bookings after 13 March: Astronomy Photographer of the Year will be free to visit from 13 March 2024 while essential improvements are taking place in the National Maritime Museum.

You are still welcome to book free Museum tickets in advance to guarantee entry and receive updates before your visit.

Visiting the National Maritime Museum

Astronomy Photographer of the Year is located in a dedicated Photography Gallery inside the National Maritime Museum. Download a floor plan here.

The Museum is a short walk from the centre of Greenwich, with regular DLR, rail, bus and river services available.

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Getting here

Buy prints from the exhibition

From high quality prints to space and stargazing guides, visit our online shop to take home a piece of space history.

Shop the collection

Buy prints

Learn more about space and astronomy

The Royal Observatory is the historic centre of UK astronomy and home to London's only Planetarium.

The Observatory is just a short walk from Astronomy Photographer of the Year at the National Maritime Museum, so why not make the most of your day out in Greenwich and visit both places together? Find out more.

And if you've been inspired by any of the photos in this exhibition, don't miss the chance to expand your knowledge with one of the Royal Observatory's dedicated astronomy courses.

There are courses to suit every level, from fascinating introductory courses to advanced astrophysics and astrophotography courses. Find out more

Enter the competition

Every year, photographers from across the globe compete to be part of the final exhibition and take home the prestigious title.

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.

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.

How to enter

Tickets and Opening

Adult: £10
Child: £5
Concessions £6.50

Open daily

10am-5pm

  • Greenwich Station
  • Cutty Sark DLR
  • Maze Hill Station
  • Greenwich Pier

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Exhibition partners

Main image: Green Snakes © Filip Hrebenda, Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023

Choose your tickets

Please note that the exhibition will be free to visit from 13 March 2024 while essential improvements are taking place in the National Maritime Museum. If you are planning on visiting before then, please use the booking links below.

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Special exhibition

Astronomy Photographer of the Year

  • The world's greatest space photography
  • Over 100 images on display
  • Entry to National Maritime Museum included
Adult £10
Child £5
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