The Central West Astronomical Society is proud to announce that the judging in the 2019 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 a special ceremony on Friday night, 19 July 2019, at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory's Visitor's Centre. The 2019 CWAS AstroFest is this year being held in conjunction with the CSIRO Parkes Osbervatory's Apollo 11 50th anniversary Open Days on 20-21 July 2019.
This year's competition had eight categories:
- Deep Sky
- Solar System
- Animated Sequences:
- Themed Section - "Memories of Apollo"
- 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 a special ceremony at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory's Visitors Centre on Friday night, 19 July 2019.
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 to the value of $10,000.
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. These will be announced during the
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 Saturday, 20 July 2019, 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 Saturday, 28 September 2019.
To have received any one of these awards is a great honour. Congratulations!