Opening: January 13, 2020
Deadline: March 6, 2020
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: £250, £500, £750, £1,500, £10,000, valuable prizes, participation in the exhibition
Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year is open to everyone. All you need is a camera or phone and an eye for a stunning shot.
The competition showcases the world’s best space photography, from spectacular skyscapes to mindblowing images of distant planets and galaxies.
Every year, photographers from across the globe compete to be part of the final exhibition and take home the prestigious title – and you can be one of them.
The Adult competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over, and the Young competition is open to anyone under 16.
Photographers of all skill levels are invited to submit up to 10 images to be considered for the competition.
There are separate 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 Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year publication.
Adult Competition Categories
Photographs featuring the northern and southern lights (Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis)
Photographs of deep-space objects beyond the Milky Way galaxy, including galaxies, galaxy clusters and stellar associations
- Our Moon
Photographs of the Moon, including lunar eclipses and the occultation of stars and planets
- Our Sun
Photographs of the Sun, including solar eclipses and transits
- People and Space
Photographs of the night sky that include people or elements that show the presence or influence of human beings
- Planets, Comets and Asteroids
Photographs of objects in our solar system, including planets and their satellites, comets, asteroids and other forms of zodiacal debris
Photographs of landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes in which the night sky or twilight sky is a prominent feature
- Stars and Nebulae
Photographs of deep-space objects in the Milky Way galaxy, including stars, star clusters, supernova remnants, nebulae and other galactic phenomena
There are no separate categories in the Young competition. The Young competition will have one winner, one runner-up and three highly commended awards.
- Winner: £1500
- Runner-up: £500
- Highly commended: £250
- Young Winner: £1500
- Young Runner-up: £500
- Young Highly Commended: £250
The judges will also award two Special Prizes: the Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer and the Annie Maunder Prize for Image Innovation. Both winners will receive £750.
The overall winner is chosen from amongst all the Adult competition category winners. This winner receives £10,000 and the title of Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year.
All winners will also receive:
- Their winning image displayed in an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum
- 1 year’s subscription to BBC Sky at Night magazine
- A copy of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year publication.
- Competition opening date: Monday 13 January 2020
- Competition closing date: 12pm GMT (midday) on Friday 6 March 2020