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We’re looking for the best astrophotographers in the land for our SKYWATCHER ASTROPHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION 2023. 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:

  • 4 x Star Adventurer GTI Mounts valued at $1249.99 for the winners of each category.
  • 1 x Sky-Watcher Esprit 100mm (valued at $4599.99 AUD) for the overall winner of the competition.
  • 1 x Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Pro 2i Kit ( valued at $949.99 ) for the people’s choice award.
  • 16 x Silver awards recognitions
  • 40 x Bronze awards recognitions.

The Categories are:

  • Deep Space
  • Nightscape / Wide Field Landscapes
  • Solar System / Planets / Moon / Sun
  • NEW !! Time lapse

The peoples choice award, to be chosen by the public from the top 60 images of the competition.

Scroll down for more information on each category.


Prizes will be sent to the winners as soon as stock is available in Australia.


  • 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.
  • Still Entries must be in digital form and will be accepted ONLY through submission via the dedicated web site at:
  • Deep Space and Solar System images must be taken with a SkyWatcher OTA.
  • Time lapse entries to be summited as shared media via, Youtube, Vimeo with a maximum video length of 1min. Minimum 1080p in quality is required for final use.
  • Please remove all identifying marks such as watermarks from the image. Images will be deemed ineligible if not removed.
  • For judging purposes, photographic images must be submitted as JPG files with 2048px on the long edge in SRGB.
  • You’ll be asked to submit a profile image of yourself
  • You’ll be asked to submit an image of the equipment used to take your image.
  • All photographs must be taken within two years of the closing date.
  • Maximum of 3 entries per category per person.
  • There will be 1 Gold winner of each category
  • There will be 4 Silver recognitions of each category
  • There will be 10 Bronze recognitions of each category
  • Skywatcher Australia team will short list entries to top 15 entries per category before submitting to judges.
  • Skywatcher Australia team will choose the overall winner from 4 category winners.
  • If you’re listed for a Gold 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 may 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 and must have been taken within the two years prior to the 16/12/22. Photographic 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. Multilayer panoramas and blending of the foreground and sky is accepted, however all images must be taken from the same location and time.
  • Details of the promotional period for each competition:
    • Competition open dates and times: 16/12/22 9:00 EST
    • Competition close dates and times: 28/02/23 23:00 EST



The winner will receive:

– Sky-Watcher Esprit 100mm (valued at $4599 AUD)


The winner will receive:

– 1 x Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Pro 2i Kit ( valued at $949 )


– 4 x Star Adventurer GTI Mounts valued at $1249 ( one for each category winner )

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