The rural nature of much of Australia makes it a fantastic place for astrophotography, while its southern skies offer a whole new experience for those of us who normally do our stargazing north of the equator.


Astronomy Photographer of the Year is the largest astrophotography competition in the world, and many of the incredible images submitted over the years have been captured in Australia.

Below we take a look at some of the competition's best astrophotos from down under.


For more on Aussie stargazing, read our guide to astronomy in Australiaor our guide to the southern hemisphere sky.


Iain Todd BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Iain ToddScience journalist

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.