Entries open on 2 April and close at midnight on Friday 15 June 2012 (AEST)
More info: http://www.parkes.atnf.csiro.au/news_events/astrofest/DMA/
The Central West Astronomical Society is proud to announce the 2012 CWAS “David Malin Awards”. Click to download the Conditions of Entry.
The competition this year will have three sections of entry -
- General Section,
- Open Themed Section
- and a Junior Section (18 and under).
The general section is divided into five categories;
- Wide-field (camera shots),
- Deep Sky (telescope shots),
- Solar System Objects – Hi-Resolution (<30′)
- and Wide Field (> 30′)
- and a category for Animated Sequences.
The Junior Section will have one open category and entries can be of any astronomical subject.
Open Themed Section – “Symmetries”The “David Malin Innovation Prize” may be awarded, at Dr Malin’s discretion, for a striking astronomical image that shows exceptional imagination, innovation or an unusual approach in any of the categories.
The Open Themed Section is open to all astrophotographers. They are invited to compete together to see who can be the most creative in evoking the theme, which this year will be “Symmetries” – pictures that emphasise symmetries between objects in the sky, between the sky and the land or water (or other reflective surface), or that in some way suggest or evoke such symmetries through imaginative concepts and ideas.
As always, the content must be dominated by an astronomical object (or objects). The images must be single exposures, not a composite, except for High Dynamic Range (HDR) and panoramic images. The intention is to encourage people with vision, imagination and creativity, using simple equipment, such as a tripod and ordinary camera, to make attractive images that evoke interesting symmetries in the night sky.
Entry payments can be made by cheque, money order or direct deposit. For the entries to be accepted, the payments must be received by the deadline. Entry fees are $15 per entry.
The photographs will be judged by world-renowned astrophotographer, Dr David Malin. During the course of the judging process, Dr Malin may invite, at his discretion, the views of other distinguished international astronomers to aid him in his deliberations, with Dr Malin’s decisions being final.
All entries will be judged without David being aware of the identity of the photographer, and to preserve anonymity, the submitted image files should not contain identifying metadata. The winners will be notified and presented with the “David Malin Awards” during a special ceremony held in Parkes in the presence of invited dignitaries on Saturday, 14 July 2012.
A selection of the finest astrophotographs received will be professionally printed and exhibited for the entire year at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory’s Visitors Centre. In addition, a second set will tour the country in a travelling exhibition, organised by the Powerhouse Museum, to selected venues beginning with Sydney Observatory in August.
There is a limit of five (5) entries per category per photographer, but all photographs must have been taken no more than 2 years before the closing date of entry, and no re-entries from previous DMA competitions will be accepted. All entries must be submitted in electronic form via a dedicated submissions web site.
It is not just technical skill that Dr Malin will be looking for, but a memorable picture that reflects and captures the beauty, inspiration and interest of astronomy. All images will be judged by this criteria.
Canon Australia is supporting the competition with significant prizes for both the category winners and honorable mentions.