It's nearly Christmas... so it's photo competition time!

5 December 2013 by Joanna Barstow

The Whirlpool Galaxy, taken using the Philip Wetton Telescope (image credit Fraser Clarke)

It's December, and that can only mean one thing... ok, maybe not just one thing, but what it certainly does mean is that it's not long until Stargazing Oxford returns. Our open day in 2014 will take place on the 11th of January from 2-10 pm - further details will be posted shortly on the outreach pages.

As we have done in previous years, we are running an astrophotography competition as part of the event. You can see the winning images from last year here. All of last year's entries made a really beautiful display for the event, and we encourage you to enter no matter what level of photographer you are - the more the merrier!

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 11th 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

In addition, we encourage entries from young photographers and we will be offering a special prize this year for the best photograph taken by an entrant of 16 or under.

Rules and Details

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.
All entries must be e-mailed to 'mitchell at' (as a .jpg) by Midnight on Tuesday the 7th 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.
Only one entry per category per person.
The photos will be printed by us and displayed at the Stargazing Oxford event.
If anything is unclear or you would like clarification on any of the rules, please send an e-mail to the address given above.

Categories: star gazing | astrophotography