Royal Observatory Greenwich, supported by Liberty Specialty Markets and in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine, announces the dates for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 15 competition – a global search for the most striking images of our cosmos.
Now in its fifteenth year, the annual competition invites entrants of all ages to submit up to ten pictures in categories ranging from Stars and Nebulae to People and Space with the chance to win the grand prize of £10,000. The competition opens on Monday 9 January 2023 and entrants will have until Friday 3 March 2023 (12:00 GMT) to submit their images via https://apy.rmg.co.uk/ (entry fees apply, for more information check the competition rules).
100 breathtaking images, including all the winners, runners-up and highly commended entries, from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 15 competition will be displayed at the National Maritime Museum from September 2023. Astronomy Photographer of the Year 15 has nine main categories:
Skyscapes: Landscape and cityscape images of twilight and the night sky featuring the Milky Way, star trails, meteor showers, comets, conjunctions, constellation rises, halos and noctilucent clouds alongside elements of earthly scenery
Aurorae: Photographs featuring the Northern and Southern Lights
People and Space: Photographs of the night sky including people or a human interest element
Our Sun: Solar images including solar eclipses and transits
Our Moon: Lunar images including lunar eclipses and occultation of planets
Planets, Comets and Asteroids: Everything else in our Solar System, including planets and their satellites, comets, asteroids and other forms of zodiacal debris
Stars and Nebulae: Deep-space objects within the Milky Way galaxy, including stars, star clusters, supernova remnants, nebulae and other intergalactic phenomena
Galaxies: Deep-space objects beyond the Milky Way galaxy, including galaxies, galaxy clusters and stellar associations
Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Pictures taken by budding astronomers under the age of 16
As well as the nine main categories, Astronomy Photographer of the Year includes two special prizes, the Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer and the Annie Maunder Prize for Image Innovation.
The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer is open to amateur photographers who have taken up astrophotography in the past year and have not entered an image in the competition previously. The Annie Maunder Prize for Image Innovation recognises the best photo processed using pre-existing open source data, bringing together the worlds of the arts, astronomy and astrophotography. Visit rmg.co.uk/imageinnovation to learn more about the Annie Maunder Prize and see step-by-step guides for finding images and image processing.
Entries to the competition must be submitted by 3 March 2023, and the winning images will be showcased in the annual exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, opening on 16 September 2023.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 15
2023 Competition dates: 9 January 2023 – 3 March 2022