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Deadline: April 22, 2014
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Free Entry

Earth and Sky Photo Contest

Earth and Sky Photo Contest The on-line Earth and Sky photo contest is open for submission by any photography enthusiasts of any age from around the world. International projects The World at Night and Global Astronomy Month along with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory are the organizers of the Earth and Sky Photo Contest. The contest was founded by TWAN and Dark Skies Awareness project in 2008 as a regional program. It was expanded to an international effort in 2009 during the International Year of Astronomy

Submitted photographs must be created in the “TWAN style” — showing both the Earth and the sky — by combining elements of the night sky (e.g., stars, planets, the Moon or celestial events) in the backdrop of a beautiful, historic, or notable location or landmark. This style of photography is called “landscape astrophotography”. This is similar to general “Nightscape Photography” but with more attention to the sky, astronomical perspectives, and celestial phenomena.

The contest theme, “Dark Skies Importance,” has two categories: “Beauty of the Night Sky” and “Against the Lights.” Photos submitted to the contest should aim to address either category: either to impress people on how important and amazing the starry sky is or to impress people on how bad the problem of light pollution has become. Both categories illustrate how light pollution affects our lives. Photographers can submit images to one or both categories

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: valuable prizes ranging from photography equipment to astronomical accessory for 5 winners in each category. ELIGIBILITY: Open to All

high-quality JPEG files (level 10–12). Preferred color spaces are Adobe RGB (1998) and sRGB IEC61966-2.1. No larger than 2000 pixels across in their wide dimension and not smaller than 1200 pixels long (Extremely long panoramic images can be submitted up to 3000px long if necessary). File size about 2 Megabytes. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: The submitted photo must be the original work of the contest entrant. The entrant must be the copyright holder of the submitted photo.

The Photographer retains complete copyright, USAGE RIGHTS: The photographer agrees to have his/her photograph published on TWAN website and on other online media in the reports about the contest

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