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Deadline: April 24, 2014
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Free Entry

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 Now in its sixth year, the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition and exhibition showcases incredible images from astrophotographers all around the world. Get involved by entering your images to win great prizes and unparalleled exposure of your talent.

There are four categories in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Each of these categories will have one overall winner, a runner-up and three highly commended awards:

(i) Earth and Space: Photos that include landscape, people and other ‘Earthly’ things. Your picture should also include an astronomical subject, e.g. stars, the Moon, or near-Earth phenomena such as aurora.
(ii) Our Solar System: Photos of our Sun and its family of planets, moons, asteroids and comets.
(iii) Deep Space: Photos of anything beyond our Solar System, including stars, nebulae and galaxies.
(iv) Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Applicable for entrants under the age of 16 years old only.

There are three additional special prizes in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. To submit your photo for consideration for a special prize, please indicate as appropriate on the entry form. The prizes are:

(i) People and Space: Astronomy photos that include people in a creative and original way. NB we will also award a runner-up for this category.
(ii) The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer: For photographers who have taken up the hobby within the last year and have not entered the competition before. The judges will give special consideration to those using simple and inexpensive start-out kit, so please state this in your photo description. This will help them to better assess the overall standard of your imaging.
(iii) Robotic Scope Image of the Year: For images taken using remote or robotic telescopes.

Group entries are permitted. Groups must nominate one person to represent them in communication and submit entries on behalf of the group. Group entrants must indicate they are representing a group in the entry form.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich will appoint a panel of judges to select the winning photos. The panel will include at least one independent judge. The judges come from a range of disciplines; they will be considering images according to criteria comprising technical skills, artistic merit and originality.

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Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: Overall winner – Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 Prize: £1500

Earth and Space: Winner: £500, Runner-up: £250, Highly commended entries: £125

Our Solar System: Winner: £500, Runner-up: £250, Highly commended entries: £125

Deep Space: Winner: £500, Runner-up: £250, Highly commended entries: £125

Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Winner: £500, Runner-up: £250, Highly commended entries: £125

Special prizes

People and Space: Prize: £350, Runner-up: £125

The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer: £350

Robotic Scope: £350

All winners will also receive a one-year subscription to Sky at Night Magazine. ELIGIBILITY: Open to All Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the competition Rules, and warrants that they have secured the permission of the copyright owner (if not themselves) to enter the image into the competition.

Entrants will retain copyright and moral rights in their submitted images. USAGE RIGHTS: The Royal Observatory Greenwich is a charitable body dedicated to supporting public understanding and education of science. The images submitted to the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition and Flickr group serve as key resources to promote astronomy photography in practice and in order for us to do this we need to be able to use your image(s) in certain ways.

By entering, all entrants grant RMG a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, and publish in perpetuity, each image entered into the competition:
(i) in exhibition displays, in relation to both the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 competition and exhibition and related future exhibitions and displays (including as part of touring displays).
(ii) in promotional, press and marketing materials to promote and publicize the 2014 competition and exhibition, as well as future related exhibitions. This may include publication in Sky at Night Magazine or its calendar, in international and national media publications and online. Your contact details may be shared with the Museum Press Office, should additional information be required.
(iii) as part of RMG educational programmes or digital media, in order to introduce and promote the understanding of astronomy to a wider audience.
(iv) in RMG publications about the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 competition and exhibition and future related exhibitions.
(v) for use in planetarium shows developed and distributed by RMG.
(vi) for any other marketing, promotional or press purposes at the sole discretion of RMG, in relation to the Astronomy of the Year competition and exhibition and more generally to promote the understanding of astronomy in general terms as RMG sees fit.

For each photograph that you add to the group on Flickr you also grant to RMG a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free licence to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publicly perform and publicly display by means of the Flickr API (“Application Programming Interface”) your photo solely in connection with the group, competition and exhibition, without any further notice or remuneration to you. This applies to all images in the group including those not entered in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 competition. This license shall apply for the period during which the photo is posted in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year Flickr group. If you remove your photo from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year group, this license will automatically terminate.

RMG reserves the right to enter into an agreement with a third party publisher, in order to publish an associated book about Astronomy Photographer of the Year. This agreement may also include:
(i) the rights for the publisher to sub-license the content for publication in other languages
(ii) the rights to reproduce the content as an app or e-book
(iii) the rights to re-use the image in future updated editions associated with the competition / exhibition.

Should your image(s) feature in any such book or app, in accordance with the rights you have granted to RMG under these competition rules, you permit such third party publisher the rights set out above, for which you will receive a one-off payment of £50 per image and one free copy of the first edition of the book (limited to one copy per entrant regardless of the number of images).

RMG reserves the right to use images entered into the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 competition in merchandising, for a period of ten years. Should your images(s) feature in any such merchandising, in accordance with the rights you have granted to RMG under these competition rules, you permit such rights, for which you will receive a one-off payment of £50 per image.

RMG reserves the right to use images entered into the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 competition in brand-licenses products, for a period of ten years.

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