Deadline approaches for Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016

There are just two weeks left to enter the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 competition run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine

Astrophotographers, of both the fledgling and seasoned varieties, need to submit their pictures by 12pm UK time on 14 April to be in with a chance of winning the prestigious award. The overall winner will take home a top prize of £10,000 and see their image take pride of place in the exhibition, which opens at the Observatory on 17 September 2016.

Each entrant can submit up to ten images to the competition and doesn’t have to be an expert to be in with a chance of winning a prize. The competition has nine main categories, including Skyscapes (astronomical subjects like the Milky Way or stars alongside earthly scenery), People and Space (photographs of the night sky with people or a human interest element) and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year (for entrants under 16 years old).

There are also two special prizes including The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer, awarded to an amateur astrophotographer who has taken up the hobby in the last year and who has not entered the competition before.

Photographers can enter their images online by visiting, where full competition rules and some top tips on photographing everything from star trails to galaxies and nebulae are also available.

After the competition closes, the panel of judges — including Turner Prize-winning artist, Wolfgang Tillmans, The Sky at Night presenter, Dr Chris Lintott, and the Observatory’s Public Astronomer Dr Marek Kukula — will select the winners. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 15 September, and an exhibition of the winning images will open to the public at the Royal Observatory the following Saturday.

Notes to Editors

  • The winners of Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 will be announced at an award ceremony at the Royal Observatory on 15 September 2016. The winning photographs will be exhibited in the Observatory’s Astronomy Centre from 17 September 2016. Entry to the exhibition is free.
  • The overall winner will receive £10,000. Winners of all categories including the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year will receive £1,500. There are also prizes for runners-up (£500) and highly commended (£250) entries. The Special Prize winners will receive £750. All of the winning entries will receive a one year subscription to BBC Sky at Night Magazine.
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  • About Insight Investment: Insight Investment is a leading asset manager focused on designing investment solutions to meet its clients’ needs. Founded in 2002, Insight’s partnership approach has delivered both investment performance and impressive growth in assets under management. Insight manages more than £400bn (more than $605bn) across liability-driven investment, fixed income & currency, global multi-asset and absolute return, global farmland and specialist equities*. The value of investments and any income from them will fluctuate and is not guaranteed (this may be partly due to exchange rate fluctuations). Investors may not get back the full amount invested. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. (*Assets under management are represented by the value of cash securities and other economic exposure managed for clients. The assets under management figure represents the combined assets under management of Insight Investment Management (Global) Limited, Pareto Investment Management Limited, Insight Investment Funds Management Limited, Cutwater Investor Services Corporation and Cutwater Asset Management Corporation (Cutwater Asset Management). Cutwater Asset Management is owned by BNY Mellon and operated by Insight. Data as at 31 December 2015.)
  • BBC Sky at Night Magazine has become Britain's best-selling astronomy title since launch in 2005, with 25,000 subscribers and average sales of 7,500 copies a month. has 33,000 unique users a month and reaches more than 32,000 social media followers through Facebook and Twitter. The magazine is also available on iTunes Newsstand, Google Play and Zinio, and is media partner of the annual Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich. With writing from the world’s leading astronomers and writers, BBC Sky at Night Magazine complements one of the world's longest running TV programmes, The Sky at Night, and features regular articles from its presenters Chris Lintott, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Pete Lawrence and Paul Abel, plus in-depth equipment reviews and stargazing advice. Every issue also includes the latest episode of The Sky At Night on a covermounted disc. BBC Sky at Night Magazine is published by Immediate Media Co under licence from BBC Worldwide. Follow us on @skyatnightmag
  • The Royal Observatory, in partnership with Collins, will be publishing Astronomy Photographer Of The Year, Collection 5. The official publication for the Insight Astronomy Photography of the Year competition will showcase over 120 breathtaking images of space and the night sky, including all 2016 winning and shortlisted images. Photographs will be accompanied by full details including photographer’s information, location where photographs were taken, technical specifications and judge’s comments. Last years’ prize winning images are still available to buy: Astronomy Photographer Of The Year, Collection 4/ RRP £25.00 / Hardback / Published 5 November 2015 / Royal Museums Greenwich online shop. For further information or to request review copies please contact: Caroline Maddison/ / DL: 0208 307 4783


Media interviews

The 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, is there life beyond Earth and the origins of the universe.

For studio quality and interviews at short notice an ISDN line is available.

Further information and images

For further information, or images from last year’s competition, please contact:

Royal Observatory Greenwich Press Office

Tel: 020 8312 6545/6790 | 07983 512 841 or email: