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Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016
Don’t miss your chance to enter the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 competition, closing for entries midday (BST) on 14 April 2016.
Entrants can submit up to 10 images for the chance to win cash prizes, their winning image displayed in an exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, a year’s subscription to Sky at Night magazine and a copy of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 publication.
Find out about the categories you can enter your photographs for in the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
This is the biggest international competition of its kind showcasing spectacular images shot by astrophotographers worldwide.
For photographs featuring auroral activity.
For deep space objects beyond the Milky Way galaxy, including galaxies, galaxy clusters, and stellar associations.
For lunar images including lunar eclipses and occultation of planets.
For Solar images including solar eclipses and transits.
People & Space
This category is for photographs of the night sky including people or a human interest element.
Planets, Comets and Asteroids
Everything else in our solar system, including planets and their satellites, comets, asteroids and other forms of zodiacal debris.
For landscape and cityscape images of twilight and the night sky featuring the Milky Way, star trails, meteor showers, comets, conjunctions, constellation rises, halos and noctilucent clouds alongside elements of earthly scenery.
Stars & Nebulae
For deep space objects within the Milky Way galaxy, including stars, star clusters, supernova remnants, nebulae and other galactic phenomena.
Contest Prize & TERMS
The overall winner is chosen from amongst all the Adult competition category winners. This winner receives the prestigious title of Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016.
New bigger prize: £10,000
We have eight categories for you to enter and the judges will select a winner, runner-up and one highly commended entry from each category. These will receive the following prize money:
Highly commended: £250
Find out more about the different categories
The judges award two Special Prizes, Sir Patrick Moore for Best Newcomer and Robotic Scope. These will receive the following prize money:
Find out more about the Special Prizes
Young Competition Prizes
The judges select a winner, runner-up and three highly commended images for the Young Competition.
Young Winner: £1500
Young Runner-up: £500
Young Highly Commended: £250
All winners will also receive:
Their winning image displayed in an exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich
1 year’s subscription to BBC Sky at Night magazine
A copy of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 publication. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.
COPYRIGHT: Entrants will retain copyright and moral rights in their submitted images. In all instances, the copyright holder will be credited, wherever practicable, when the image is used and published by RMG and its sponsors. We will use your first and last name as supplied during the entry process. Although RMG will always supply the correct information to third parties (for example to press / media), it cannot accept responsibility for any credit line errors or omissions by these parties. USAGE RIGHTS: By entering, all entrants grant RMG a non-exclusive, irrevocable worldwide, royalty-free licence to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, and publish any image entered into the competition:
(i) in exhibition displays, in relation to both the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 competition and exhibition and related future exhibitions and displays (including as part of touring displays).
(ii) in promotional, press, marketing materials, including social media, to promote and publicize the competition and exhibition, as well as future related exhibitions. This may include publication in the BBC Sky at Night Magazine or its promotional 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 any RMG publications about the competition, exhibition and future related exhibitions. These may be produced by RMG, or under license to a third party (who reserves the right to further sub-license such publications) in all editions, languages, territories and media, for which you will receive a free copy of the first UK print edition that your image appears in (limited to one copy per entrant, regardless of the number of images).
(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 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition and exhibition and more generally to promote the understanding of astronomy in general terms as RMG sees fit.
(vii) for brand licensed products (including but not limited to calendars and stationery) for a period of ten years.
(viii) in merchandising for a period of ten years. Should your image(s) feature in any such merchandising you will receive a one-off payment of £50.00 per image.
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