Astronomy Photographer of The Year 2016

Publish Date: Feb 23, 2016

Deadline: Apr 14, 2016

The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is an annual celebration of the most spectacular visions of the cosmos.

The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, exhibition and Flickr group are organised and owned by the Board of Trustees of the National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF. The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 competition and exhibition are organised by the Royal Observatory Greenwich. The National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory Greenwich are part of Royal Museums Greenwich (‘RMG’). The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is sponsored by Insight Investment.

Astrophotographers of all skill levels are invited to submit their best images before an esteemed judging panel. It's also run the Young Competition for budding astrophotographers aged 15 and under. The 2016 competitions will open for entries on 29 February and the deadline for entries to be submitted will be 14 April 2016. Be inspired by the 2015 winners, start capturing the night sky now and get your images ready to enter!


Images can be submitted to the following eight categories:

  • Aurorae – Photographs featuring auroral activity.
  • Skyscapes sponsored by Insight Investment – 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.
  • People and Space – Photographs of the night sky including people or a human interest element.
  • Our Sun – Solar images including solar eclipses and transits. Excludes shots of the sun with earthly landscapes – these belong in ‘Skyscapes’.
  • Our Moon – Lunar images including lunar eclipses and occultation of planets. Excludes shots of the moon with earthly landscapes – these belong in ‘Skyscapes’.
  • 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.

Special Prizes

There are two additional special prizes in the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Images submitted for these prizes may not also be entered in a category. The prizes are:

  • The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer: For newcomers who have only been practicing astronomy photography since January 2014 and have not entered the competition before. Any astronomical subject may be depicted. You may enter other images into the categories, but this is your chance for recognition amongst newcomers to astronomy photography. The judges will give special consideration to those using simple and inexpensive start-out kit, so please state this in your photo description. This will help them to better assess the overall standard of your imaging.
  • Robotic Scope Image of the Year: For images taken using remote or robotic telescopes. See below for further details.

For the Young Competition for budding astrophotographers aged 15 and under check the original link to the official website below.

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