2019 CWAS Astrophotography Award Winners Announced in Parkes

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The Central West Astronomical Society (CWAS) announce the winners of the 2019 David Malin Awards. This year’s competition had eight categories.

Entries came from throughout Australia and were judged by world renowned astrophotographer, Dr David Malin.

Deep Sky;  Wide-Field;  Solar System;  Nightscapes;  Animated Sequences (Scientific and Aesthetic);  Junior and a Themed Section – Memories of Apollo.

To view all of the winning images, visit: http://www.cwas.org.au/

For the first time ever, there were two overall winners – Phil Hart of Victoria, for his evocative animation titled, The Moon in Motion, and Peter Ward of NSW, for his beautiful image of the Orion Nebule, Stellar Cauldron.

It was not just technical skill that was assessed – prizes were awarded to pictures that are technically excellent and captured the beauty of the sky and the intrinsic interest of astronomy in an aesthetically pleasing manner. “The high quality of the images is a testament to the outstanding skills and talents of Australian astrophotographers”, said AstroFest organiser, John Sarkissian.

Canon Australia supported the competition with Estore voucher prizes valued at $10,000. In addition, the associated exhibition prints were made using a Canon imagePROGRAF Pro-1000 printer at SUNSTUDIOS. “Canon is proud to continue to be involved with the CWAS AstroFest”, said Kate Guaran, General Manager, Consumer & Product Marketing, Canon Australia. “It enables us to celebrate the people behind the camera who, with patience and commitment, truly capture the beauty of what is possible, to produce incredible other-worldly images.”

The winners were presented with the David Malin Awards in the presence of invited dignitaries during the CSIRO Parkes Observatory’s Apollo 11 50th anniversary Open Days, in the Observatory’s Visitors Centre on Friday night, 19 July 2019.

The competition’s exhibition was officially opened that evening and will remain on show at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory’s Visitors Centre for an entire year from 20 July 2019.

A second touring exhibition, organised by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, will travel to selected venues throughout Australia, beginning with the Sydney Observatory on Saturday, 28 September 2019. Last year’s exhibitions were viewed by over 200,00 people Australia-wide.

The 2019 CWAS AstroFest was proudly supported by CSIRO, Parkes Shire Council and Canon Australia.

Meetings held first Friday of every month (January excepted) from 7:30PM in the CSIRO Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre. All welcome. http://www.cwas.org.au/

Image: Nightscapes winner – Steven Morris, ‘Reach Out’

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