Reach for the stars – The Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition

Deadline: 4 March 2022
Open to: photographers of all skill levels
Benefits: various prizes


Astronomy Photographer of the Year showcases the world’s best space photography, from spectacular skyscapes to mind-blowing images of distant planets and galaxies.

Every year, photographers from across the globe compete to be part of the final exhibition and take home the prestigious title.


  • Photographers of all skill levels are invited
  • The Adult competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over, and the Young competition is open to anyone under 16
  • You may submit a total of 10 images to be considered
  • There will be a £10 fee per entrant. Entrants to the Young Competition and special prizes are exempt


There are eight different categories for adult photographers to enter. The judges will select a winner, runner-up and one highly commended entry from each category. These will receive the following prize money:

  • Winner: £1500
  • Runner-up: £500
  • Highly commended: £250

Young competition

The judges will select a winner, runner-up and three highly commended images in the Young Competition.

  • Young Winner: £1500 and a Celestron Astromaster 130EQ MD telescope
  • Young Runner-up: £500
  • Young Highly Commended: £250

Special Prizes

The judges will also award two Special Prizes: the Manju Mehrotra Family Trust Prize for Best Newcomer and the Annie Maunder Prize for Image Innovation. Both winners will receive £750.

Overall winner

The overall winner is chosen from amongst all the Adult competition category winners. This winner receives £10,000 and the title of Astronomy Photographer of the Year.

Additional information

All winners will also receive:

  • Their winning image displayed in an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum
  • One year’s subscription to BBC Sky at Night magazine
  • A copy of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year publication.


Enter the competition here.

For further information, please visit the official website.