The 2014 CWAS AstroFest

"The David Malin Awards"
The Shortlisted Finalists

The Central West Astronomical Society is proud to announce that the judging in the 2014 CWAS Astrophotography Awards - the "David Malin Awards" has been completed. The following images are the shortlisted finalists. The winners will be announced, and presented with their awards, during the 2014 CWAS AstroFest, held in Parkes from 19-20 July 2014.

This year's competition had eight categories and a discretionary Innovation award:

  • Deep Sky
  • Wide-Field
  • Solar System:
    • Hires (< 30')
    • Wide-Field (> 30')
  • Animated Sequences:
    • Scientific
    • Aesthetic
  • Themed Section - "The Moon"
  • Junior (< 18 yo)
  • and the Innovation Award

The photographs were judged by world-renowned astrophotographer, Dr David Malin, without David being aware of the identity of the photographers. The winners will be presented with the "David Malin Awards" in the presence of invited dignitaries, during the CWAS AstroFest conference dinner on 19 July 2014.

It was not just technical skill that was assessed. The prizes will go to pictures that are technically excellent and capture the beauty of the sky and the intrinsic interest of astronomy in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Canon Australia is supporting the competition with prizes to the value of over $18,000.

Mr Steve Grove, the News Corp Australia, Photographic Manager, has judged the "Photo Editor's Choice" awards and has given his pick from each category, plus an overall winner.

Last year's associated exhibitions were a resounding success. The two parallel exhibitions were viewed by over 200,000 people Australia-wide.

This year's permanent exhibition will be on show at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory's Visitor's Centre from 20 July 2014. A second touring exhibition, organised by the Powerhouse Museum, will travel to selected venues, beginning with Sydney Observatory in August 2014.

A near record number of entrants submitted their photographs for judging. To have received any one of these awards is a great honour. Congratulations!

The Shortlisted Finalists by Category

(in alphabetical order)

Theme - "The Moon"

© Judith Conning

© Phil Hart

© Phil Hart
"Greenland Moon"
Judith Conning
"Marine Moonset"
Phil Hart
"St. Kilda Moonset"
Phil Hart

© Brad Le Brocque

© Saeed Salimpour

© Saeed Salimpour
"Moonrise over Darling Harbour"
Brad Le Brocque
"Luna in the Clouds"
Saeed Salimpour
"Scorpio in Luna's Halo"
Saeed Salimpour

Solar System: Wide-Field

© Paul Haese

© David Hough

© Robert Kaufman
Paul Haese
"Full Disk H-alpha Sol"
David Hough
"A Date with the Sun"
Robert Kaufman

© Stephen Mudge

© Andrew Wall

© Peter Ward
"Partial Solar Eclipse Sunset Series"
Stephen Mudge
"April 29th 2014, Partial Solar Eclipse Setting"
Andrew Wall
"Selenic Construction"
Peter Ward

Solar System: Hires

© Stefan Buda

© Stefan Buda

© Russell Cockman
"Mars 2014"
Stefan Buda
"The Colours of Copernicus"
Stefan Buda
"Annular Eclipse - Bailey's Beads"
Russell Cockman

© Bratislav Curcic

© David Hough

© David Hough
Bratislav Curcic
David Hough
"White Light Sunspot AR11967"
David Hough


© Julie Fletcher

© Greg Gibbs

© Michael Goh
"Pathway of Light"
Julie Fletcher
Greg Gibbs
Michael Goh

© Phil Hart

© Stephen Humpleby

© Grahame Kelaher
"Dusty Heart of the Milky Way"
Phil Hart

"London Bridge Stars"
Stephen Humpleby
"Venus and Zodical Glow"
Grahame Kelaher

Deep Sky

© Stefan Buda

© Steve Crouch

© Marcus Davies
"The Witch Head Nebula"
Stefan Buda
"47 Tucanae"
Steve Crouch
"The Trifid"
Marcus Davies

© David Fitz-Henry

© Paul Haese
"The Horsehead and Flame Nebulas"
David Fitz-Henry
"Dust and Gas"
Paul Haese

© Phil Hart

© Erik Monteith
"Rho Ophiuchi Region"
Phil Hart
"The Eagle and the Pillars of Creation"
Erik Monteith

Animated Sequences: Scientific

(videos not yet available)

© Alex Cherney

© Phil Hart
"Occultation of Saturn by the Moon"
Alex Cherney
"Eta Aquarids"
Phil Hart

© Peter Ward

© Peter Ward
"Shine On"
Peter Ward
"Solar Maximum"
Peter Ward

Animated Sequences: Aesthetic

(videos not yet available)

© Alex Cherney

© Paul Haese

© Phil Hart
"Dance of the Dishes"
Alex Cherney
Paul Haese
"Smoke Dust Water"
Phil Hart

© Greg Priestley

© Mike Salway

© Matthew Vandeputte
Greg Priestley
"Nightscape Adventures in Coona and Narrabri"
Mike Salway
"The DISH"
Matthew Vandeputte

Canon Australia Prizes

"Canon is proud of our long term association with CWAS AstroFest," said Alan Brightman, General Manager - SUNSTUDIOS, Canon Australia. "These awards showcase the extraordinary beauty of our night sky and wonderful night time landscapes, especially as they come alive in exhibition prints. With patience, commitment and good equipment, these photographers capture breathtaking images."

Canon Australia supports the current 2014 competition with significant camera equipment to the value of over $18,000. Prizes include an EOS 5D Mark III high-performance DSLR with an EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens for the overall winner, a premium PowerShot G1X for the category winners and a PowerShot S200 for each of the many honourable mentions. In addition, the exhibition prints are made using a Canon Pro 1 printer at SUNSTUDIOS.

Canon Prizes

Congratulations to the finalists!

We look forward to seeing you in Parkes for the 2014 CWAS AstroFest and the presentation of the "David Malin Awards". Be the first to hear the results of the competition. Come along and experience the hospitality of the Central West and share with us your enthusiasm for the grandeur and beauty of astronomy. Click here for more information on the 2014 CWAS AstroFest.

The 2014 CWAS "David Malin Awards" is proudly supported by Canon Australia and

Comments and Enquiries: John Sarkissian of the AstroFest Organising Committee