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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2010

The Royal Observatory, Greenwich is proud to present Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2010 – a free competition and exhibition for everyone who loves the night sky.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2010 has competition categories for everyone, including young astro-photographers, and there are some great prizes to be won.

As last year, there are three main competition categories. Judges will select one winner, one runner up and two highly commended entries from each, before deciding an overall winner to be crowned Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2010. There is also a special competition category for under 16s: Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year. And new this year there are two special awards – one for newcomers and another for shots that creatively capture people and space.

Objective

The three main competition categories are:

  • 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.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2010 Categories

Prizes

  • Overall winner – Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2010: £1000
  • Earth and Space: £250
  • Our Solar System: £250
  • Deep Space: £250
  • People and Space: £250
  • Best Newcomer: £250
  • Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year: £250

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2010 Prizes

Rules

  • The Astronomy Photographer of the Year Flickr group is open to anyone, and the annual competition is open to anyone except those involved in its organisation and employees (and their immediate family) of the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich, BBC, BBC Worldwide Limited and Yahoo!.
  • Employees (or their immediate families) of the official competition sponsors are also restricted from entering the competition.
  • Entrants to the three main categories 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.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2010 Complete Rules

How to enter?

To enter the three main categories of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition you will first need to add your photos to the Astronomy Photographer of the Year group on the photo-sharing website, Flickr.

If you are under 16 and would like to enter your photos into the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year category, you will do so via this website.