The competition, which is organised by the Royal Observatory Greenwich and Sky at Night magazine, has attracted both proffessional astro-photographers and enthusiastic amateur astronomers all over the world. Shortlisted entries include some truely stunning shots of our Universe and the judging panel of well known photographers and astronomers, including veteran astronomer Sir Patrick Moore of the BBCs Sky at Night, will not have an easy task.
I am, of course, hoping that my own entry "Living in the Universe" - a panorama from the coast of Kvaløya in Northen Norway (and also the front page of this blog) will make it to the top of APOTY 2011, but, as judging from earlier years competitions have shown, whatever image that will win will be a worthy winner.
The winners will be announced on 9 September 2011 - I wish all my fellow night-sky photographer colleagues good luck and I`m looking forward to see some spectacular shots on the exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich this autumn.
As a teaser, some of the entries can already be seen in various newspapers and other media:
The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/picture-galleries/8688878/The-2011-Astronomy-Photographer-of-the-Year-competition.html