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The Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2011 Competition Opens Today

January 20, 2011 /Photography News/ The Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition kicks off its annual global search for the best and most spectacular visions of the cosmos, whether they are striking pictures of distant nebulae or dramatic images of the night sky.

Categories:
  • Earth and Space (This is for photos that include landscape, people and other 'Earthly' things. Your picture should also include an astronomical subject – for example the stars, the Moon, or near-Earth phenomena such as aurora.)
  • Our Solar System (This is for photos of our Sun and its family of planets, moons, asteroids and comets.)
  • Deep Space (This is for photos of anything beyond our Solar System, including stars, nebulae and galaxies.)
  • Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year (This is the competition category for under-16s.)
Prizes:
  • Overall winner - Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011: £1500
  • Earth and Space: Winner: £500, Runner-up: £250, Highly commended entries: £125
  • Our Solar System: Winner: £500, Runner-up: £250, Highly commended entries: £125
  • Deep Space: Winner: £500, Runner-up: £250, Highly commended entries: £125
  • Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Winner: £500, Runner-up: £250, Highly commended entries: £125
Special Prizes: 
  • People and Space (This is for photos that include people in a creative and original way.): Prize: £350, Runner-up: £125
  • Best Newcomer (This is for photos taken by people who have taken up the hobby in the last year and have not entered an image into the competition before. The judges will give special consideration to those using simple and inexpensive start-out kit so please update your photo’s Flickr description to say what you've used.): £350 
  • Robotic Scope (This is for images that have been taken by robotic/remote telescopes and that have been processed by yourself.): £350 
All winners will also receive a one year subscription to Sky at Night Magazine. 

Eligibility:

Entrants may submit up to five photos per month to the Astronomy Photographer of the Year Flickr group and five photos in total to the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition – this includes entries via this website by Young entrant.

The following images are not eligible for entry to the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition:
  • Photos that have already been previously published or submitted to a print publication or its associated online media brand 
  • Photos that have won a prize in a major competition (one receiving more than 500 photos) 
  • Photos taken more than two years before the competition closing date (i.e. taken before 13 July 2009)
  • Photos that use a substantial amount of data from a previously published image
No images taken by robotic/remote telescopes will be allowed into any of the main judging categories – this includes the Deep Space, Earth & Space, Our Solar System and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year categories. 

Unnatural, digitally enhanced, composites are eligible for entry to the competition but the judging panel may ask about your processing method if your photo is shortlisted for a prize.

Deadline: July 13, 2011

Copyright:

The images submitted to the Astronomy Photographer of the Year Flickr group serve as key resources to promote astronomy photography in practice. As such, for each photo that you add to the group on Flickr, you grant the Royal Observatory Greenwich a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free licence to use, publicly perform and publicly display by means of the Flickr API (“Application Programming Interface”) your photo solely in connection with the group, competition and exhibition, without any further notice or remuneration to you. This applies to all images in the group including those not entered in the competition. This licence shall apply for the period during which the photo is posted in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year group. If you remove your photo from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year group, this license will automatically terminate. In the event that your photo is displayed in connection with the Astronomy Photographer of the Year group, competition and exhibition, it will be displayed with your Flickr screen name. Images submitted to the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year category will not be used for publicity unless they are selected as winning entries.

If your image is shortlisted the organizers reserve the right to reproduce it for commercial purposes including, but not limited to, postcards and posters. If your image is selected, the organizers will enter into a separate contract with you and pay royalties at the end of the exhibition (February 2012) and on an annual basis thereafter based on 10% of the net profit received from the selected image. Images will be credited to the photographer with the information provided upon submission. Please note that images may be used in the Sky at Night Magazine calendar, or be reproduced in the Magazine specifically in relation to the competition, for which no royalties will be payable. Your image may also be used as part of a planetarium show, for which no royalties will be payable.



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