Telescope Live Contests – and How to Take Part


At Telescope Live, we understand that competition is an exciting part of the astrophotography pursuit. We all want to be the best we can be – and nothing feels better than recognition from our peers.

As such, we have two contests held on a daily and monthly basis to keep that competitive flame alive. Read on as we explain how each contest works, the differences between them and how to get involved!

Monthly contest

Please Note: Our Telescope Live Astrophotography Picture Contest has been temporarily paused.

This contest, which includes the One-Click Observations and Observation Bundles categories for both beginner and expert levels, will resume after the launch of TL4 - the future and improved version of the Telescope Live platform.

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In the meantime, we encourage you to stay updated on our events and announcements by following this link.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support. We look forward to seeing your amazing astrophotography entries soon!

Telescope Live Picture of the Day (TLPOD)

The Telescope Live Picture of the Day is our newest competition.

Every day our community administrators we’ll be choosing the best new image created using Telescope Live data and posted in the Telescope Live gallery in the previous 24 hours.

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The winning image will be reposted on all our social media channels and pinned for the day – with all the week’s winners announced in our weekly newsletter too.

How to enter

To enter, all you need to do is post your picture on the gallery.

Pictures can be generated using data from one-click observations, observation bundles or advanced requests from Telescope Live.


The prize is one that money can’t buy – bragging rights. You have the opportunity to become the best astrophotographer for any given week or weekday. That comes with an invaluable, proud feeling when you see your name and image shared on our gallery, social media channels and newsletter.

Which is best for you?

Our monthly and TLPOD competitions are available to all Telescope Live subscribers – Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. That said, some contests may be better suited to your skill level.

Novices can get started with the Telescope Live Picture of the Day. The latter is particularly suited to newcomers given that your progress is taken into account when choosing the winner. 

All that said, our monthly contests have a category specifically for beginners, so it won’t be long before you can throw your hat in the ring for the big prizes!

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