Picture: © Martina Gardiner

The 2014 contest attracted 2,569 entries – a 40% rise on last year – across four main categories: Earth and Space; Our Solar System; Deep Space; and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year.

The winning images will be showcased at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London, from 18 September.

For details visit www.rmg.co.uk/astrophoto

© Rune Johan Engebo

© Martina Gardiner