Stargazing Oxford 2013 photo competition

11 December 2012 by Phil Bull

The Crab Nebula (M1), taken using the Philip Wetton Telescope. (Credit: Fraser Clarke)

As part of this year's Stargazing Oxford open day (details to be announced shortly), we are running a photo competition. The deadline for submission is midnight on Tuesday the 8th of January, and all entries will be displayed to the public during the open day on January 12th. Details are included below. We look forward to receiving your beautiful images of the night sky!

Competition Description

This competition is open to everyone, young and old, amateur-photographer and pro, but the photos must be related to some aspect of stargazing. The competition is intended for fun and as an aid in communicating science to the public. All entries will be displayed at the Stargazing Oxford event on the 12th of January, to be held in the Denys Wilkinson Building at the University of Oxford.

First and foremost, the competition is about having fun and displaying some really nice photos of anything relating to the night sky. Photos can be taken using using any equipment, including mobile phones, digital SLRs, and telescope mounted cameras. The two categories in which you can submit photos are:

  • Astro Phenomena such as the aurora, a particular nebula or star cluster, or one of the Galilean moons
  • Astro 'Scapes such as the Moon on the horizon, a view of the transit of Venus, or long exposures of moving stars

Last year we held a similar competition and received some really nice entries. Often snapshots from novice photographers win simply because the shot is of something rare (like the transit of Venus) or it is of something exciting. So we encourage you to enter no matter what level of photographer you are - the more the merrier!

Rules and Details

  1. Editing of photos is allowed; however, the photo must remain true to its original. For example, one cannot replace the sky from a photo with the sky from a different photo. Tidying up lens dirt or enhancing hue/saturation/contrast are acceptable, though.
  2. All entries must be e-mailed to 'mitchell at' (as a .jpg) by Midnight on Tuesday the 8th of January. Please include the word 'stargazing' in the e-mail subject so that it gets filtered correctly. If the photos are particularly high-res then please send a lower-res photo.
  3. Only one entry per category per person.
  4. The photos will be printed by us and displayed at the Stargazing Oxford event.
  5. If anything is unclear or you would like clarification on any of the rules, please send an e-mail to the address given above.

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