The 2014 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has received a record number of entries, up 40% on last year. The annual contest, run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine, has attracted spectacular images from over 50 countries across the globe.

The shortlist will be revealed in the summer, with the winners expected to be announced on 18 September. IBTimes UK presents a selection of this year's entries.