Astronomy Photographer of the Year 13 shortlist revealed
See the 2021 shortlisted images from the global astrophotography competition.
The shortlisted images of the 2021 Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards have been released by the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 13 marks the thirteenth year of the international astrophotography competition, which in 2021 has received over 4,500 entries from astrophotographers across 75 different countries.
The APY 13 shortlist includes a sunset on Mars captured by NASA's Curiosity Rover, a view of Comet NEOWISE - one of 2020's most memorable astronomical events - above Stonehenge, the International Space Station passing in front of the Moon, and a beautiful view of the Milky Way stretching above Dorset's Durdle Door.
The winning images of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 13 will be announced on Thursday 16 September 2021 during an online award ceremony.
The images will then be featured in an exhibition alongside a selection from the shortlist at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, from Saturday 18 September.
This year's judging panel is:
- Jon Culshaw: comedian and amateur astronomer
- Sue Prichard: Senior Curator, Arts at the Royal Museums Greenwich
- Imad Ahmed: Director of New Crescent Society
- Dr Sheila Kanani: Education, Outreach and Diversity officer for the Royal Astronomical Society
- Yuri Beletsky: of Las Campanas Observatory
- Melissa Brobby: journalist, science communicator and Social Media Officer for the Institute of Physics
- Emily Drabek-Maunder: astronomer and science communicator at the Royal Observatory Greenwich
- László Francsics: astrophotographer and chairman of the Hungarian Astrophotographers' Association
- Alan Sparrow: Chair of the UK Picture Editors’ Guild and Director of the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards
- Steve Marsh: Art Editor at BBC Sky at Night Magazine
The overall winning image of APY 13 will receive £10,000. Winners of all other categories will receive £1,500, with £500 and £250 for runners-up and highly commended images, respectively.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 13: shortlisted images
Iain Todd is BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Content Editor. He fell in love with the night sky when he caught his first glimpse of Orion, aged 10.