Astronomy Photographer of the Year website

Astronomy Photographer of the Year

The Royal Observatory, Greenwich launched the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition and exhibition in 2009. The competition is for everyone who loves the night sky, from young photographers to professionals. The website is powered by Flickr, which lets group members astrotag – the space equivalent of geotagging where photos are tagged with the equivalents of latitude, longitude, scale and photo orientation – submitted photos.

The website was created to provide a seamless experience for photographers to contribute to the Astronomy Photographer of the Year group and enter the competition. Designed to promote the competition and exhibition while showcasing photos from the Flickr group, the interface presents the astrophotography using a simple IA that is both easy to navigate and update at various stages during the year (competition and exhibition openings).

The website won a 2009 MUSE Award with an honorable mention in the Community category. There was also an honorable mention in the Museums and the Web 2009 Best of the Web Awards in the Innovative or Experimental Site category. The MW2009 panel said, "I loved this - pretty much everything about it".

Who

Royal Observatory, Greenwich

Responsibilities

Wireframes
IA
User flows
UI design

Where

www.nmm.ac.uk/astrophoto

Date

December 2008