IAPY 2016 shortlist revealed

The Diamond Ring © Melanie Thorne

A selection of the shortlisted images from the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 competition has been released by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, giving a taste of the amazing astrophotos submitted this year.

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2016 saw IAPY continue to grow as an internationally acclaimed competition, welcoming over 4,500 entries from over 80 countries: the largest number since the competition began in 2009.

From aurorae to galaxies, nightscapes and startrails to planets, nebulae, the Sun and the Moon, the 2016 selection is truly a celebration of the beauty of our Solar System and beyond.

Have look in our gallery at some of the images that caught the judges’ attention this year.

The winners of the competition will be announced on 15 September at a ceremony at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

A free exhibition of the winning images will be open to the public at the observatory from 17 September.

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If you would like to get involved and wow the judges with your own astrophotos, keep an eye out for the 2017 submission dates, as well as tips on how to get started, at the Royal Observatory Greenwich website.