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2019 CWAS ‘David Malin Awards’ – Temporarily closed due to Covid-19

Fri 19 July 2019, - Tue 30 June 2020,

The Central West Astronomical Society (CWAS) is proud to announce the shortlisted finalists in the 2019 CWAS Astrophotography Awards – the “David Malin Awards”. The winners will be announced and presented with their awards during the 2019 CWAS AstroFest, which will be held in conjunction with the CSIRO Parkes Observatory’s Apollo 11 Open Days, from 20-21 July 2019.

This year’s competition had eight categories: Deep Sky, Wide-Field, Solar System, Nightscapes, Animated Sequences (Scientific and Aesthetic), Themed Section – “Memories of Apollo”, and a Junior section (< 18 years old or younger). The entries were judged by world-renowned astrophotographer, Dr David Malin, who was unaware of the identity of the photographers.
“This year’s pictures are the best I’ve seen in the 15 years of the competition. I was very impressed by the technical and aesthetic qualities of the images we received”, said Dr David Malin. To view the shortlisted finalists visit; http://www.cwas.org.au/

It was not just technical skill that was assessed – prizes are awarded to pictures that are technically excellent and capture the beauty of the sky and the intrinsic interest of astronomy in an aesthetically pleasing manner. The winners will be presented with the “David Malin Awards” in the presence of invited dignitaries on Friday night, 19 July 2019, at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory’s Visitors Centre.

Canon Australia is supporting the competition with Estore Voucher prizes to the value of over $10,000. “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 competition’s associated exhibition will be on show at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory’s Visitors Centre from 20 July 2019 for 12 months. A second touring exhibition, organised by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, will travel to selected venues across Australia, beginning with Sydney Observatory on Saturday, 28 September 2019.
For more information about the ‘David Malin Awards’ and the 2019 CWAS AstroFest, visit; http://www.cwas.org.au/astrofest/

Image: Troy Caswell.


Fri 19 July 2019,
Tue June 30
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CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope
585 Telescope Road (along the Newell Highway)
Parkes, NSW 2870 Australia
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