ASTROPHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION 2021

CALLING ALL ASTROPHOTOGRAPHERS!

We’re looking for the best astrophotographers in the land for our inaugural ASTROPHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION 2021. Photographers of all levels are invited to enter – all entrants have a chance to win.

We’ve got 4 Categories and a winner will be announced from each category PLUS an overall winner.

The Prizes are:

1 x Sky-Watcher Esprit 100mm (valued at $3499 AUD) and a Trophy of Recognition for the overall winner of the competition.

1 x Sky-Watcher Evostar 150mm (valued at $2999 AUD) for the People’s Choice Award.

3 x $1000 AUD voucher and a Gold Award Trophy of Recognition for winner of each category (voucher to be spent at the Sky-Watcher Australia website).

12 x $100 AUD vouchers for the four Silver Awards of each category (voucher to be spent at the Sky-Watcher Australia website).

45 x Notable Mentions for the 15 x Bronze Awards of each category.

The Categories are:

  • Deep Space
  • Nightscape / Wide Field Landscapes
  • Solar System / Planets / Moon / Sun
  • The People’s Choice Award, to be chosen by the public from the top 60 images of the competition.

Scroll down for more information on each category.

THE DETAILS

Number of entries per person:

Limit of 5 entries per individual per category.

Competition open dates and times:

14/10/2020 –  9:00 EST

Competition close dates and times:

31/01/2021 23:00 EST

CATEGORIES

OVERALL WINNER

THE BEST OF THE BEST!

The winner will receive:

– Sky-Watcher Esprit 100mm, valued at $3499 AUD

– Trophy of recognition

PEOPLE’S CHOICE

The winner will receive:

– Sky-Watcher Evostar 150mm, valued at $2999 AUD

– Trophy of recognition

DEEP SPACE

– An image that must be taken with a Sky-Watcher Optical Tube Assembly.

– Camera and mount of choice.

The Gold Award winner will receive:

– $1000 AUD voucher to be spent at Sky-Watcher Australia website

– Trophy of recognition

4 x Silver Award winners will receive:

– $100 AUD voucher to be spent at Sky-Watcher Australia website.

– Trophy of recognition

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15 x Bronze Award winners will receive Notable Mentions. 

NIGHTSCAPE

– Must include a land feature or terrestrial object.

– No restrictions in regards to what equipment can be used.

– Stacked, multi layer panoramas and blended images will be allowed.

The Gold Award winner will receive:

– $1000 AUD voucher to be spent at Sky-Watcher Australia website

– Trophy of recognition

4 x Silver Award winners will receive:

– $100 AUD voucher to be spent at Sky-Watcher Australia website

– Trophy of recognition

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15 x Bronze Award winners will receive Notable Mentions. 

SOLAR SYSTEM

– Planets, comets, Moon, Sun.

– An image that must be taken with a Sky-Watcher Optical Tube Assembly.

– Camera and mount of choice.

– Wide field shots must be entered in nightscape section.

The Gold Award winner will receive:

– $1000 AUD voucher to be spent at Sky-Watcher Australia website

– Trophy of recognition

4 x Silver Award winners will receive:

– $100 AUD voucher to be spent at Sky-Watcher Australia website

– Trophy of recognition

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15 x Bronze Award winners will receive Notable Mentions. 

PRIZE CONDITIONS

Prize must be used within 12 months from date of issue and in accordance with terms of use. In the event a winner does not take the prize by the time stipulated, then the entire prize will be forfeited by the winner and cash will not be awarded in lieu of the prize.

The voucher is not exchangeable for cash or cash equivalents and may not be valid in conjunction with other promotions. This voucher cannot be redeemed against a prior purchase.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

  • Any entrant who is under the age of 18, as of the date of entry, must obtain the prior permission of their legal parent or guardian over the age of 18 to enter. The parent or guardian may be called to verify their consent and may be required to sign a release at the discretion of the Promoter. The release may also require the entrant’s parent or guardian to accept responsibility for the acts and forbearances of the entrant. The release must be completed with the full name, address and telephone number of the entrant’s parent or guardian. Failure to provide such proof, particulars or releases will immediately invalidate the entrant’s entitlement to any prize, subject to State and Territory legislation.
  • Entry is open to residents of Australia and New Zealand only.
  • Entries must be in digital form and will be accepted ONLY through submission via the dedicated web site at:  https://skywatcheraustralia.com.au/image-upload/
  • Please remove all identifying marks such as watermarks from the image. Images will be deemed ineligible if not removed.
  • For judging purposes, still images must be submitted as JPG files with 2048px on the long edge in SRGB.
  • All photographs must be taken within two years of the closing date.
  • There will be 1 winner of each category
  • There will be 4 silver awards for each category
  • There will be 15 bronze awards for each category
  • If you’re listed for a silver award, you will be asked to submit a high resolution of your image to verify the authenticity and for publishing purposes plus an image of your telescope setup. This must be submitted as a high resolution file, such as a Tiff, RAW or PSD file. If you’re unable to supply a high resolution image then your entry will be invalid.
  • All winning images will be printed and used for Sky-Watcher Australia’s and its sponsors marketing purposes.
  • Permission to reproduce entries for publication to promote the competition and exhibitions will be assumed as a condition of entry. The copyright of the image remains with the author, and we will try to ensure that the author is credited where the image is used.
  • All entries must be authentic images. Entries made up of composite images taken at different days, locations and with different cameras will not be accepted. Image manipulations that reflect art more than the true astronomical subject, will be deemed ineligible.
  • Details of the promotional period for each competition:
    Competition open dates and times: 14/10/20 9:00 EST
    Competition close dates and times: 31/01/21 23:00 EST