The 2013 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition [Gallery]

The fifth competition of Astronomy photographer is expected to unveil the most beautiful visions of the cosmos.

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The 2013 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is back again for the fifth year in a row.

The competition is held by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Sky at Night Magazine.

Every year it show to the whole world the most spectacular visions of the outer space, striking images of vast galaxies millions of light years away and dramatic images of the night sky.

“Every year brings something new to see in the sky and the arrival in March of the predicted Comet C/2011 PANSTARRS will hopefully inspire some memorable pictures in this year’s competition,” said Dr. Marek Kukula, Public Astronomer at the ROG and judge in the competition.

“It will be great to see even more entries from talented young photographers and newcomers to astrophotography who prove year after year that all you need to do is pick up a camera,” he added.

Those who wanted to take part in the competition were submitted by June 13, 2013.

The competition organizators offer some prizes. The overall winner will take home £1,500. Category winners will receive £500. There are also prizes for runners-up (£250) and highly commended (£125) entries.

The Special Prize winners will receive £350, £125 will go for the People and Space Special Prize runner-up. All of the winning entries will receive a one year subscription to Sky at Night Magazine.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 has four main categories.

Earth and Space category will become battlefield for the photographers who are ready to provide photos oflandscape, people and other earth-related things alongside an astronomical subject ranging from the stars, the Moon or near-Earth phenomena such as the aurora.

“Our Solar System – Imagery which captures the Sun and its family of planets, moons, asteroids and comets,” reports The Universe Today.

“Deep Space – Pictures that capture anything beyond the Solar System, including stars, nebulae and galaxies.”

Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year – the category wich includes photos taken by budding astronomers under the age of 16 years old.

Besides the mentioned above categories, there’re three more ones.

People and Space for the best photo featuring people in the shot. Best Newcomer is awarded to the best photo by an amateur astrophotographer who has taken up the hobby in the last year and who has not entered an image into the competition before.

Robotic Scope is competition for the best photo taken using one of the increasing number of computer-controlled telescopes at prime observing sites around the world which can be accessed over the internet by members of the public.

The images which will win the competition will be showed in the annual free exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich from September 19, 2013 to February 23, 2014.

According to the Royal Museums Cgreenwich official website offers an application for iOS running devices which allows to explore 90 breathtaking images of space.

“Winning, runner-up and highly commended entries from all four years of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition are included within the app, in addition to judges’ comments and technical information about each image,” the website claims.

“The app allows you to browse photographs, read comments from photographers and experts, bookmark your favorite image, play a slideshow of selected images and share any entry on Facebook, via Twitter or by email.”

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