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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2021

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2021

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Applications are open for Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2021. There are separate photography 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 Astronomy Photographer of the Year publication.


There are no separate categories in the Young competition. The Young competition will have one winner, one runner-up, and three highly commended awards. However, the adult competition will have the following categories

  • Aurorae: Photographs featuring the northern and southern lights (Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis)
  • Galaxies: 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
  • Skyscapes: 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

How to enter?

  • Enter via online entry site here
  • If you are new to the competition, you’ll need to register and set up a competition account
  • The Adult competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over, and the Young competition is open to anyone under 16
  • You may submit a total of 10 images to be considered
  • There will be a £10 fee per entrant. Entrants to the Young Competition and special prizes are exempt.
  • The overall winner’s prize across all Adult categories is £10,000. Keep reading this page for full details about the prizes on offer

The full competition rules are available here.


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline05 March,2021
Open toAll
OrganizerRoyal Museums Greenwich



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