Seeing stars

Spot the stars of space photography at the Royal Observatory’s upcoming Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition

2012 is the fourth year of the Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition (and exhibition), which has seen space-loving picture-takers from across the world display their stunning snapshots of space. And this year, the quality is higher than ever before.

The overall winner of the competition will receive a prize of £1,500, whilst winners in various ‘smaller’ categories (e.g. Earth and Space, Solar System and Deep Space) will receive £500. There is also a ‘Young Photographer’ category – for people aged 16 and under – where the winner will receive  £500 and  the second and third-place winners will receive £250 and £125 respectively.

A team of expert judges (including the likes of Sir Patrick Moore, Sky At Night editor Chris Bramley and artist Dan Holdsworth) are currently mulling over the short-list and the winners will be announced on the 19th September, with the winners’ ceremony on the 20th.

If you fancy seeing some of the photographs up close – plus a chance to see videos explaining how the images were taken – the Royal Observatory will be opening a special exhibition based on the competition from 20th September.

In the mean time, you can also take a look at last year’s winners and if you fancy entering yourself – there’s always next year!

Find out more here. The Royal Observatory, Blackheath Ave, Greenwich, London SE10 8XJ.

Images: top – Cygnus © J-P Metsävainio; bottom – Celestial Illumination © Ole Christian Salomonsen.

Image on homepage: Stargazers © Jessica Caterson.

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