Are you 2011's astrophotographer of the year?

By Phil Plait | March 23, 2011 1:00 pm

The Royal Greenwich Observatory in England is looking for the world’s best astrophotographer, and they’ve started up their competition to find that person. There are cash prizes involved, too.

I’ll note last year’s winner of the Deep Space category was Rogelio Bernal Andreo for his shot of Orion’s belt. If his name is familiar, it’s because he took the absolutely jaw-dropping shot of Orion I picked as my #1 shot for the Top 14 Astronomy Pictures of 2010!

I suspect a lot of readers have some amazing pictures they’ve taken of the sky. Submit ‘em! The deadline is noon (BST) on July 13.

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

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  1. Word jij de astrofotograaf van 2011? | Astroblogs | March 23, 2011
  1. JB

    I read this and wish that I had the know how/gear to actually do astrophotography. Someday… someday.

    Maybe a piece entitled “So You Want to be an Astrophotographer?” would be a good follow-up article to this one?

  2. Gark32

    does anyone not think that Thierry Legault has this one pretty much in the bag?

  3. Daniel J. Andrews

    Not a photograph per se, but I think it would be a contender for video of the year.

    vimeo.com/21294655

    Time lapse video of the northern lights from my old stomping latitude. From Terje Sorgjerd and Ken Denmead. Really beautiful and well done, magical even.

  4. Messier Tidy Upper

    @3. Gark32 : does anyone not think that Thierry Legault has this one pretty much in the bag?

    Well, assuming he’s eligiable for this (haven’t read the details) then, yeah, you’d almost expect him to win.

    But there is some competition from the likes of Alan Friedman (see : “Discovery’s last moment in the Sun’, posted here March 8th, 2011 11:33 AM) Phil Hart (see : The stars above, the luminescence below posted here March 3rd, 2011 7:00 AM) and Rob Bullen (see Ridiculously awesome pic of Discovery and the ISS taken from the ground! posted here February 28th, 2011 6:30 AM.) for instance.

    Now if they let spaceprobles play then Cassini really would be a dead certainty but somehow I think that’d be cheating! ;-)

  5. Messier Tidy Upper

    Or see :

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/03/08/seriously-jaw-dropping-picture-of-the-sun/

    ‘Seriously jaw-dropping picture of the Sun” for another Alan Friedman photo.

    Plus :

    http://philhart.com/gallery/Astrophotography/Phenomena/

    For Phil Hart’s gallery of astrophotos. (BTW. I’ve actually met him – Phil Hart gave a talk at the local Astronomical Society -great bloke. :-) )

    Whilst :

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/02/28/ridiculously-awesome-pic-of-discovery-and-the-iss-taken-from-the-ground/

    is the link for Rob Bullen’s capture of the Discovery Orbiter and International Space Station on film. (or pixels?) 8)

    If they allow videos to be included then José Francisco Salgado is another contender – see Sidereal Motion posted February 25th, 2011 6:56 AM and Awesome timelapse video: Rapture posted November 1st, 2010 6:00 AM.

  6. Messier Tidy Upper

    Oh & how could I forget the guy who took this :

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/09/20/pluto-wanders-into-a-messier-situation/

    & this :

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/05/30/amazing-shot-of-iss-and-jupiter-during-daytime/

    Among a great many other stunning images – Anthony Ayiomamitis. :-)

    (Ooops! Surprised no-on’es added him to the list already.)

    Or the people who did this :

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2008/10/28/amateur-astronomers-capture-jupiter-charon/

    either! :-)

    Plus I’m sure there’ll be others who I’m unfortunately forgetting as well.

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