Astrophotography Competition

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Date:Sunday October 1 2023 - Sunday October 15 2023


Astrophotography Club Ireland and MTU Blackrock Castle Observatory are thrilled to announce the Space Week 2023 Astrophotography Competition.

The competition will take place online via Facebook. To enter, simply upload your photo as a reply to the following post on the Astrophotography Club Ireland page, and mention which of the below categories you wish to submit your image under SUBMISSION LINK..Please also offer a short description of your photo for context.

Competition Categories
  • Nightscape
  • Solar System
  • Deep Sky

One winner will be announced for each category.


Each winner will have their photo printed and hung in a gallery at MTU Blackrock Castle Observatory.

Each winner will receive a family pass to visit MTU Blackrock Castle Observatory.

Winners will have the opportunity to take part in a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the Observatory and to see the telescope and camera system used by the Observatory’s astronomers.

Rules for submission

  • Images need to have an element of Astrophotography. This can be either nightscape, landscape with sky, planetary, lunar, solar or deep sky. 
  • Winning images will need to be submitted to organisers in full resolution for printing purposes.
  • Maximum of 5 images per person can be submitted (if more are submitted then the last 5 will be used for submission).
  • Images will only be selected if taken from the island of Ireland.
  • Closing date for submission will be 15th of Oct 2023 at 5pm.
  • The competition organisers will review all submission and winner swill be announced during Science Week 2023.

Please note the following:

  • Only one print will be made of each selected picture – the photographer retains copyright of the image.
  • The winning images may be used for the promotion of this competition in future iterations.