Astrophotographer of the Year contest deadline approaches

By Phil Plait | June 9, 2010 2:30 pm

Fancy yourself a good photographer of the heavens? Got some dynamite images to back that up? Then submit them to the Royal Greenwich Observatory’s annual Astronomy Photographer of The Year contest! A whole pile of images have already been uploaded to Flickr for the contest. Click around those pictures; the competition is fierce. The images are lovely.

The winner receives a £1000 prize, and their shot will be displayed at an exhibition at the observatory. But hurry; the deadline for submission is noon (BST) on Friday, 16 July 2010. Get snapping!

Photo courtesy Andrew Stawarz on Flickr, from the contest’s photostream.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Pretty pictures

Comments (7)

  1. jcm

    Those pix (pics) are quite beautiful.

  2. ggremlin

    That Norway Spiral photo from a few posts back would definitely be a contender.

  3. Gamercow

    for me, the space station transit, or shuttle/ISS shots by the guy in France should win hands down. They’re just so near-impossible to catch. My apologies that I can’t remember his name.

  4. Pi-needles

    Fancy yourself a good photographer of the heavens?

    Answer : No.

    Got some dynamite images to back that up?

    Answer : I wish!

    Ah if only … ;-)

    But unfortunately not. :-(

    Thankyou and best wishes to the really good astrophotographers out there .. ;-)

  5. Messier Tidy Upper

    @ 3. Gamercow Says:

    For me, the space station transit, or shuttle/ISS shots by the guy in France should win hands down. They’re just so near-impossible to catch. My apologies that I can’t remember his name.

    Do you mean Thierry Legault, the guy who took this photo :

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2006/09/20/shuttle-and-iss-transit-the-sun/

    … among many other truly awesome ones? ;-)

    ‘Coz I’ll second that! 8)

  6. Messier Tidy Upper

    Or more recently Thierry Legaults photo here :

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/05/26/two-solar-iss-transits/

    Or maybe my countryman Anthony Wesley for this :

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/06/04/followup-jupiter-impact-video-and-a-color-picture/

    Of the impact on Jupiter ..

    Or even the Dutchman who has global spy agencies worried – Ralf Vandebergh – for this effort :

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/05/28/amateur-astronomer-spies-on-spy-satellites/

    All far better, I freely admit, than anything I could do .. ;-)

    (Although does photographing the I.S.S. and spy sats really count as astrophotography I wonder .. given they’re artificial objects and all?) ;-)

  7. Ken

    Phil your timing was just a day or three off!

    Had you announced it sooner, a couple of my photos (Suraky is the nickname) would have still been on the front page of that Flickr group.

    But i’m not complaining, even being at the bottom of the second page of photos, your mention has gotten me 60 extra hits so far, thanks!

    Now if only I had the skill to take Good astrophotos ….

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