25 February 2020: Less than two weeks are left to enter the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020 competition run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine. Photographers of all skill levels, from beginner through to professional, will need to submit their pictures by 12pm (GMT) on 6 March 2020. The overall winner will take home a top prize of £10,000 and see their image take pride of place in the accompanying exhibition, which opens at the National Maritime Museum on 11 September 2020.
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, such as 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: The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer, awarded to an amateur astrophotographer who has taken up the hobby in the last year and has not entered the competition before; and the new Annie Maunder Prize for Image Innovation for the best photo processed using pre-existing open source data. More information about the prize and how to find and process these images here: rmg.co.uk/imageinnovation
Photographers can enter their images online by visiting www.rmg.co.uk/astrocomp, 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 Rebecca Roth of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center; BBC Sky at Night Magazine’s Art Editor, Steve Marsh; renowned comedian and keen amateur astronomer, Jon Culshaw; and the Royal Observatory’s astronomer, Dr Emily Drabek-Maunder — will select the winners. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 10 September 2020, and an exhibition of the winning images will open to the public at the National Maritime Museum the following day, Friday 11 September 2020.
25 February 2020: The winner of the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year: People’s Choice Awards 2019 has been announced as ‘A Titanium Moon’ by Miguel Claro. The image is a high-resolution mosaic composed of four panels, each one made from 30 images, combined together to reveal a sharp and detailed surface. The colour has been slightly increased to reveal differences in the chemical constitution of the lunar surface and changes in mineral content that produce subtle colour variations in reflected light. Miguel’s winning image was chosen out of 25 selected by the Museum, with the public casting over 22,000 votes online and in the exhibition gallery, between 12 September 2019 and 23 February 2020. The second place award went to Marcin Zajac for ‘Ageless’ and third went to Masoud Ghadiri for ‘Sharafkhane Port and Lake Urmia’.
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. The winners of Royal Observatory’s Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020 will be announced at an award ceremony at the National Maritime Museum on 10 September 2020. The winning photographs will be exhibited in 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 Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year will receive £1,500. The winner of the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year will also receive a Celestron Astromaster 130EQ MD, 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 of the winning entries will receive a one year subscription to BBC Sky at Night Magazine.
3. The Royal Observatory Greenwich is home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian and one of the most important historic scientific sites in the world. Since its founding in 1675, Greenwich has been at the centre of the measurement of time and space, and visitors today can still stand on the historic Prime Meridian line. The Observatory galleries and Peter Harrison Planetarium help unravel the extraordinary phenomena of time, space and astronomy. In 2018 the Royal Observatory acquired the Annie Maunder Astrographic Telescope (AMAT), the first new telescope to be installed in Greenwich in over 60 years, marking a new era for the world-famous site and restoring its status as a working Observatory.
The Royal Observatory Greenwich is part of Royal Museums Greenwich which also incorporates the National Maritime Museum, the Queen’s House and Cutty Sark. This unique collection of museums and heritage buildings, which form a key part of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site, welcomes over two and a half million British and international visitors a year and is also a major centre of education and research. The mission of Royal Museums Greenwich is to enrich people’s understanding of the sea, the exploration of space, and Britain's role in world history. For more information visit www.rmg.co.uk
4. About Insight Investment
Insight Investment is a leading global investment manager, founded in 2002 and headquartered in London. Insight primarily manages money for pension schemes by providing liability-driven investment strategies and investing in fixed income and currency. www.insightinvestment.com
5. About BBC Sky at Night Magazine
BBC Sky at Night Magazine is Britain's best-selling astronomy magazine, with a circulation of 17,385 copies a month. skyatnightmagazine.com has 200,00 visits a month and reaches 57,000 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 Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition run by the 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 Immediate Media Co under licence from BBC Worldwide.
6. The Royal Observatory, Greenwich, in partnership with Collins, will be publishing Astronomy Photographer of the Year, Collection 9 in September 2020. It is the official publication for the Insight Investment Astronomy Photography of the Year competition and will showcase 140 breathtaking images of space and the night sky, including all 2019 winning and shortlisted images. Photographs will be accompanied by full details including each photographer’s information, location where photographs were taken and technical specifications.
Last year’s prize winning images are still available to buy: Astronomy Photographer of the Year, Collection 8 / RRP £25.00 / Hardback / Published 7 November 2019 / Royal Museums Greenwich online shop
For further information or to request review copies please contact: Victoria Goodhew / email@example.com / DL: 0208 307 4291
People's Choice Award image gallery: www.rmg.co.uk/peopleschoice
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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.
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