Astronomy’s appeal is inextricably linked to the visual richness of the subject, but it’s not just images from professional observatories that take our breath away. Astrophotography with amateur telescopes is thriving like never before, as more and more people experiment with digital cameras, webcams and all the rest. We know from the Sky at Night just how good the quality of many of these images is – every programme is scattered with contributions from all over the world, but it’s about time those who enrich our view of the sky got a little more attention.
BBC Sky at Night magazine in combination with the Royal Observatory Greenwich are proud to announce the launch of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. It’s open to anyone – anywhere in the world – capable of taking a picture of the sky and will be judged by an expert panel, and myself. The shortlisted photographs will be professionally printed and displayed in an exhibition at the Royal Observatory itself – an honour for any astronomer.
We hope this annual competition will grow to become as important an event as the Wildlife photographer of the year, but that can only happen if you submit your images.
To enter (or to view the competition!), go to the official website here. I’m looking forward to sorting through the results in August.