Night sky with clouds stars nebula background. Elements of this image furnished by NASA.
The urge to capture the astronomical phenomenon of our night sky is understandable.
Whether you're on the road, driving through the Karoo at night, pulling out your smartphone ready to snap at the star-filled night sky, or you've taken in the sunset from atop Signal Hill in Cape Town with the moon reflecting on the ripples of water or perhaps even a sunrise from Mpumalanga.
Opportunities are plentiful.
However, many of us aren't what anyone would consider skilled creatives. Often, it's merely about having cool pics to fill our Instagram feeds.
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As an exception and for the exceptional amongst us - both professional and amateur - who are able to capture the spectacular astronomical phenomenon, you have two weeks left to enter the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 competition.
Run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine, photographers of all skill levels, from beginner through to professional, will need to submit their pictures by 12:00 (GMT) on 8 March to be in with a chance of winning the prestigious award.
The overall winner will take home a top prize of £10 000 (R185 634 at £1/R18,56) and see their image take pride of place in the accompanying exhibition, which opens at the National Maritime Museum on 13 September 2019.
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Each entrant can submit up to ten images to the competition, with participants at all skill levels in with a chance of winning a prize. The competition has nine main categories, such as Skyscapes (astronomical subjects like the Milky Way or stars alongside earthly scenery), People and Space (photographs of the night sky with people or a human interest element) and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year (for entrants under 16 years old).
Photographers can enter their images online by visiting this site, where full competition rules and some top tips on photographing everything from star trails to galaxies and nebulae are also available.
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