The Central West Astronomical Society is proud to announce that the judging in the 2016 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 2016 CWAS AstroFest, held in Parkes from 16-17 July 2016.
This year's competition had eight categories:
- Deep Sky
- Solar System
- Animated Sequences:
- Themed Section - "Light Pollution: The Bad and the Beautiful"
- 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 16 July 2016.
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 Estore Vouchers valued at over $10,000 (depending on the number of individual winners).
Mr Jeff Darmanin, a News Corp Australia, Picture Editor, 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 205,000 people Australia-wide.
This year's permanent exhibition will be on show at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory's Visitor's Centre from 17 July 2016, 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 13 August 2016.
To have received any one of these awards is a great honour. Congratulations!