Winning sky photos

David Malin Astrophotography Award exhibit
Winning sky photos
17 August – 20 October 2013

Amateur astronomers and photographers from around Australia submitted their photographs for consideration in the 2013 David Malin Astrophotography Awards. The winners were announced on Saturday 13 July 2013 during the Central West Astronomical Society AstroFest conference dinner.

The overall winner of the 2013 Malin Awards: 'NGC 3718' by Martin Pugh

The overall winner of the 2013 Malin Awards: ‘NGC 3718′ by Martin Pugh

The Awards were judged by world-renowned astrophotographer, Dr David Malin, without David being aware of the identity of the photographers.

Winner of the Wide-Field category: 'Lookout' by Greg Gibbs

Winner of the Wide-Field category: ‘Lookout’ by Greg Gibbs

This year’s competition had seven categories and a discretionary Innovation award:

• Deep Sky
• Wide-Field
• Solar System – Hires (< 30')
• Solar System - Wide-Field (> 30′)
• Animated Sequences
• Themed Section – “People and Sky”
• Junior (< 18 yo)
• and the Innovation Award

Winner of the Solar System - Hi Resolution section: 'Solar Eclipse - Progression at Second Contact' by Phil Hart

Winner of the Solar System – Hi Resolution section: ‘Solar Eclipse – Progression at Second Contact’ by Phil Hart

It was not just technical skill that was awarded. The prizes went to pictures that captured the beauty of the sky and the intrinsic interest of astronomy in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

Winner of 'People and sky' theme - Neil Creek (with Phil Hart)

Winner of ‘People and sky’ theme – Neil Creek (with Phil Hart)

Honorable Mention, Theme: People and Sky - 'Tropical Convergence' by Peter and Lynette Ward

Honorable Mention in ‘People and sky’ theme – ‘Tropical convergence’ by Peter and Lynette Ward

Honorable Mention - Solar System - Wide Field - Loner by Julie Fletcher

Honorable Mention in the Solar System – Wide Field category – ‘Loner’ by Julie Fletcher

The photographic and video winners and honourable mentions are all on the CWAS website.

Solar System - Wide Field winner, 'Total Eclipse Coronal Details' by Troy Casswell

Solar System – Wide Field winner, ‘Total Eclipse Coronal Details’ by Troy Casswell

Winner of the Innovation Prize: 'A song to the heavens' by Troy Casswell

Winner of the Innovation Prize: ‘A song to the heavens’ by Troy Casswell

Winner of the Junior section: 'The DISH' by Brooke Beniston

Winner of the Junior section: ‘The DISH’ by Brooke Beniston