The 2015 CWAS AstroFest

"The David Malin Awards"
The Shortlisted Finalists

The Central West Astronomical Society is proud to announce that the judging in the 2015 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 2015 CWAS AstroFest, held in Parkes from 18-19 July 2015.

This year's competition had eight categories:

  • Deep Sky
  • Wide-Field
  • Nightscapes
  • Solar System
  • Animated Sequences:
    • Scientific
    • Aesthetic
  • Themed Section - "The Southern Cross"
  • Junior (18 years old or younger)

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 18 July 2015.

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 $10,000.

Mr Anthony Moran, 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 180,000 people Australia-wide.

This year's permanent exhibition will be on show at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory's Visitor's Centre from 19 July 2015, for an entire year. A second touring exhibition, organised by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, will travel to selected venues country-wide, beginning with Sydney Observatory on 14 August 2015.

A record number of entrants, with a record number of entries, 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 Southern Cross"

© Troy Casswell

© Phil Hart
"Jewels of the Southern Cross"
Troy Casswell
"South along Bucklands Lane"
Phil Hart

© Peter Patonai

© Saeed Salimpour

© Mark Slater
"Vivid Festival Southern Cross"
Peter Patonai
"By the Lake"
Saeed Salimpour
"Southern Cross Burning"
Mark Slater

Solar System

© Phil Hart

© Phil Hart
"Tainted Eclipse, 8 October 2014"
Phil Hart
"Comet Lovejoy's Photogenic Tail"
Phil Hart

© Steven Saffi

© Peter Ward
"Earth Umbra
Steven Saffi
"Solar Crown"
Peter Ward


© Stefan Buda

© Judith Conning

© James Garlick
"Southbank Eclipse"
Stefan Buda
"Bridge to Glory"
Judith Conning
"Milky Bioluminescence"
James Garlick

© James Garlick

© Steven Saffi
"Aurora Treescape"
James Garlick
"Milky Way over the Bungle Bungles"
Steven Saffi


© Troy Casswell

© Kevin Diletti
"Stellar Riches"
Troy Casswell
"Star Storm around the Teapot"
Kevin Diletti

© Phil Hart

© Robert Kaufman
"Dusty Surrounds of the Lagoon and Trifid Nebulae"
Phil Hart

"Starlight - Spectral changes of N Sgr 2015 No. 2 through maximum"
Robert Kaufman

Deep Sky

© Andrew Campbell

© Andrew Campbell

© Marcus Davies
"The Fighting Dragons of Ara"
Andrew Campbell
"A Cosmic Bubble"
Andrew Campbell
Marcus Davies

© Paul Haese

© Steven Mohr
"The Halo"
Paul Haese
"The Mighty Cosmic Web"
Steven Mohr


© Scott Carnie-Bronca

© Matthew Cherubino
"Tarantula Nebula"
Scott Carnie-Bronca
"Stairway to Heaven"
Matthew Cherubino

Animated Sequences: Scientific

(videos not yet available)

© Alex Cherney
"Dynamic Tail of Comet Lovejoy"
Alex Cherney

© Andrew Cool

© Phil Hart
"Airglow Waves at Solar Maximum"
Andrew Cool
"Four Nights of Comet Lovejoy's Tail"
Phil Hart

Animated Sequences: Aesthetic

(videos not yet available)

© Alex Cherney

© Judith Conning
Alex Cherney
"Aurora Borealis"
Judith Conning

© Greg Priestley

© Greg Priestley
"Point Perpendicular"
Greg Priestley
"Riverina Skies"
Greg Priestley

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 2015 competition with significant camera equipment to the value of over $10,000. 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 G7X for the category winners and an IXUS 160 for each of the many honourable mentions. In addition, the exhibition prints are produced using a Canon iPF 9400 printer at SUNSTUDIOS.

Canon Prizes

Congratulations to the finalists!

We look forward to seeing you in Parkes for the 2015 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 2015 CWAS AstroFest.

The 2015 CWAS "David Malin Awards" is proudly supported by Canon Australia and

Comments and Enquiries: John Sarkissian of the AstroFest Organising Committee