CALLING ASTROPHOTOGRAPHERS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE!

We’re looking for the best Astrophotographers across the globe for our SKY-WATCHER ASTROPHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION 2024, and we are excited to announce our newest category, International Open!

Photographers of all levels are invited to enter – all entrants have a chance to win!
We’ve got 5 Categories and a winner will be announced from each category PLUS an Overall Australia and New Zealand Winner and Overall International Winner.


The Prizes are:

  • 5 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) for the Overall Australia and New Zealand winner of the competition.
  • 1 x Sky-Watcher Esprit 100mm (valued at $4599.99) for the Overall International winner of the competition.
  • 1 x Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Pro 2i Kit (valued at $949.99) for the People’s Choice award.
  • 20 x Silver awards recognitions.
  • 75 x Bronze awards recognitions.

The Categories are:

  • Deep Space
  • Nightscape (Wide Field Landscapes)
  • Solar System (Planets, Moon, Sun, Comets)
  • NEW!! Aurora Australis
  • NEW!! International Open

The People’s Choice award, to be chosen by the public from the top 100 images of the competition.
Scroll down for more information on each category.

PRIZE CONDITIONS

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

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, excluding International Open category.
  • Any Australian and New Zealand entrants will automatically be entered in the International Open category.
  • International Open is any object/image taken through a Sky-Watcher OTA.
  • 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/
  • Deep Space, Solar System and International Open images must be taken with a Sky-Watcher OTA.
  • Aurora Australis images must have been taken from Australia or New Zealand.
  • Image can not have been entered in the Sky-Watcher Australia Astrophotographer of the Year Competition in previous years.
  • 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 may be asked to submit a profile image of yourself.
  • You may be asked to submit an image of the equipment used to take your image.
  • Maximum of 5 entries per person per category.
  • There will be 1 Gold winner of each category.
  • There will be 4 Silver recognitions of each category.
  • There will be 15 Bronze recognitions of each category.
  • Sky-Watcher Australia team will short list entries to top 20 entries per category before submitting to judges.
  • Sky-Watcher Australia team will choose the overall winner from the 4 Australian and New Zealand category winners.
  • Sky-Watcher International team will choose the overall winner from the International Open 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 30/04/24. 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.
  • AI generated images will be automatically disqualified. You may be asked to supply the raw file to verify your entries authenticity.
  • Details of the promotional period for each competition:
    • Competition open dates and times: 23/12/23 9:00 EST
    • Competition close dates and times: 30/04/24 23:00 EST

OUR JUDGES

KEVIN LEGORE

@focus_astronomy
focusastro.org

Kevin is a Product Specialist for Sky-Watcher USA. He is also the Director/Founder of Focus Astronomy, a privately funded astronomy outreach program which provides interactive astronomy programs to schools and the public.

       

TREVOR JONES

@astrobackyard
astrobackyard.com

Trevor is an astrophotographer from Canada, and has been capturing the night sky for over a decade. He currently works on AstroBackyard full-time, creating incredible images, product reviews and tutorials.

ALYN WALLACE

@alynwallace
alynwallacephotography.com

Alyn is an award winning landscape astrophotographer from Wales who travels the world in search of the darkest skies and most otherworldly landscapes.

TERRY LOVEJOY

@terrylovejoy1966
Terry’s Wikipedia Page

Terry is an information technologist from Australia He has discovered six comets, including C/2011 W3, the first Kreutz Sungrazing comet discovered by ground-based observation in over 40 years.

ADRIEN MAUDUIT

@nightlightsfilms
nightlightsfilms.com

Adrien is a Science engineer, professional photographer, cinematographer as well as a science author. He has always been passionate about nature, space and the night sky.

See Previous Years Winners


OVERALL WINNER


Our Overall winners (Aus/NZ and International) will receive a Sky-Watcher Esprit 100mm OTA




PEOPLE’S CHOICE


People’s Choice winner will receive a Star Adventurer 2i Pro Kit




CATEGORY WINNERS


Each category winner will receive a Star Adventurer GTi Mount



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