Astrophotography contest 2021

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Are you an astrophotographer – and keen on supporting astronomy education? Then this contest is for you: The IAU's Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE) is running an astrophotography contest until April 15 2021. Besides receiving cash prizes, the winning images will be made available as Open Educational Resources for teachers and learners world-wide.

Astronomy education is a powerful tool to teach students about the place of our planet, and ourselves, in the universe – and a gateway science to the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). One of the OAE's goals is to provide astronomy educators worldwide with a basic collection of high quality educational resources. While many useful images are already available for public use, we have identified a number of astronomy-related themes where we think educators could use support.

Participants can submit images in the following categories: star trails, meteor showers, comets, total lunar eclipses, light pollution, aurorae (still images and time-lapses), wide star fields, Sun/Moon haloes, and time-lapses of Galilean moons orbiting around Jupiter. Submissions will be evaluated by an international panel of astrophotographers and astronomy educators. Apart from aesthetic and technical criteria, the jury will carefully consider the educational value of each entry in the context of primary and secondary school teaching.

There will be three winning entries for each category, which will be awarded with cash prizes of 750, 500 and 250 Euros for the first, second, and third prizes, respectively. All winning entries are published in the OAE's astronomy education resources collection under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) 4.0 International Licence (note that the authors will still retain the copyright to their images).

Before submitting your entries, please read carefully the rules of the competition (PDF file 69.98 kB)

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