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Deadline: 13th July 2011
Entry: Free Entry
Entry Fee: Free to Enter

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011

To enter the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition you will first need to add your photos to the Astronomy Photographer of the Year group on the photo-sharing website, Flickr. Once you have done this, fill in the online application form on the website.

Through this form you will be able to nominate your chosen category and consideration for any of the relevant special prizes. The four main competition categories are:

* Earth and Space: This is for photos that include landscape, people and other ‘Earthly’ things. Your picture should also include an astronomical subject – for example the stars, the Moon, or near-Earth phenomena such as aurora.

* Our Solar System: This is for photos of our Sun and its family of planets, moons, asteroids and comets.

* Deep Space: This is for photos of anything beyond our Solar System, including stars, nebulae and galaxies.

* Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year: See below for details of this category.

The judges will also be awarding a number of additional prizes. If you would like your photo to be considered for these prizes please indicate as appropriate on the online entry form. These prizes are:

* People and Space: For astronomy photos that include people in a creative and original way. We will also award a runner-up for this category.

* Best Newcomer: This is for photographers who’ve taken up the hobby in the last year and have not entered an image to the competition before.The judges will give special consideration to those using simple and inexpensive start-out kit so please update your photo’s Flickr description to say what you’ve used. If you’re shortlisted for this prize, the judges would also like to look at a small portfolio of your other astroimages. This will help them to better assess the overall standard of your imaging and see how you’ve progressed and improved during your first year of astrophotography.

* Robotic Scope Image of the Year: This special prize is awarded by the judges for images that have been taken by robotic/remote telescopes and that have been processed by yourself. Any age entrant may enter, however

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: Overall winner – Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2010 Prize: £1500

The four main competition categories each receive * Winner: £500, * Runner-up: £250,* Highly commended entries: £125

The three special prize categories each receive £350

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

COPYRIGHT: No Copyright Policy USAGE RIGHTS: For each photo that you add to the group on Flickr, you grant the Royal Observatory Greenwich a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free licence to use, 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 competition.

This licence shall apply for the period during which the photo is posted in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year group. If you remove your photo from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year group, this license will automatically terminate.

Images submitted to the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year category will not be used for publicity unless they are selected as winning entries.

If your image is shortlisted we reserve the right to reproduce it for commercial purposes including, but not limited to, postcards and posters. If your image is selected, we will enter into a separate contract with you and pay royalties at the end of the exhibition (February 2012) and on an annual basis thereafter based on 10% of the net profit received from the selected image. Images will be credited to the photographer with the information provided upon submission.

Please note that images may be used in the Sky at Night Magazine calendar, or be reproduced in the Magazine specifically in relation to the competition, for which no royalties will be payable. Your image may also be used as part of a planetarium show, for which no royalties will be payable.

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