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2013 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition

January 18, 2013 /Photography News/ Run by The Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Sky at Night Magazine, the Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition is an international search for images of the cosmos. 

2012 Overall and Deep Space winner: M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy by Martin Pugh (UK/Australia)

Eligibility: 

International. Entrants may submit up to five photos per month. Group entries are permitted. 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.

Categories and prizes:

Overall winner – Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013
Prize: £1500

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.
Winner: £500
Runner-up: £250
Highly commended entries: £125

Our Solar System
This is for photos of our Sun and its family of planets, moons, asteroids and comets.
Winner: £500
Runner-up: £250
Highly commended entries: £125

Deep Space
This is for photos of anything beyond our Solar System, including stars, nebulae and galaxies.
Winner: £500
Runner-up: £250
Highly commended entries: £125

Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year
This is the competition category for under-16s.
Winner: £500
Runner-up: £250
Highly commended entries: £125

The judges will also award three special prizes:

People and Space
This is for photos that include people in a creative and original way.
Prize: £350
Runner-up: £125

The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for 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 description to say what you've used.
Prize: £350

Robotic Scope
A robotic telescope is considered to be one that is operated remotely, via the internet, and publicly available to all. This special prize will only be awarded for images captured in this way and processed by the entrant.
Prize: £350

Prizes will be payable in Pounds Sterling by cheque. All winners will also receive a one year subscription to Sky at Night Magazine.

Each category will have one overall winner, a runner-up and three highly-commended awards.

Deadline: 13 June 2013


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