© Martin Pugh
Entries for the 2013 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition have opened. The flagship Royal Observatory award will offer a top prize of £1,500 this year, with other winners receiving between £125 and £500 in categories of Earth and Space, Our Solar System, Deep Space and pictures taken by skywatchers under the age of 16.The fifth year of the competition, which received a record number of entries in 2012, will offer special prizes for shots featuring people, taken by computer-controlled telescopes from observing sites and for the best newcomer.
“Every year brings something new to see in the sky,” said Dr Marek Kukula, a Public Astronomer at the Observatory who is one of the judges.
“The arrival in March of the predicted Comet C/2011 Panstarrs will hopefully inspire some memorable pictures in this year’s competition.
“It will be great to see even more entries from talented young photographers and newcomers to astrophotography. Tgey prove year after year that all you need to do is pick up a camera.”
Up to five images can be submitted on Flickr by each entrant before the deadline of June 13, with the winners announced in September ahead of the ever-popular exhibition surveying the field.
Winners will also receive a subscription to the Sky at Night magazine.
- Visit flickr.com/groups/astrophoto to see the entries and find out more.