2022 Optolong Deep-Sky Astrophotography Competition

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 2022 Optolong Deep-Sky Astrophotography Competition 

 

Preface

Explore the magical of the universe, take pictures of celestial bodies in deepspace, and share your wonderful stories and works of deep-sky astrophotography with friends from all over the world will be a cool thing.

Wishing you clear skies, the 4th Optolong Deep-Sky Astrophotography Competition 2022 is going to be held from October 15th to December 15th 2022.

♦ The competition is open to all astrophotography enthusiasts at home and abroad.

 

The Theme of the Competition

Shape the unknown universe and share your experience.

 

Submitted Dates

October 15th 2022 till December 15th 2022

 

Entry Categories

There are two categories in this competition. Participants must indicate the category of their work in the details of submission.

DeepSky Category: It means astronomical deep sky photography works of celestial bodies, which including star clusters, galaxies, nebulae, etc.

SolarSystem Category: Solar objects such as Planets, Moon, Sun, Comet, eclipse, object transits and other celestial objects in the solar system;

 

Prize Level of the Categories

DeepSky Category

Level

Prize Category

Winners Number

Prizes

 

1

 

The 1st Prize

 

One winner to be selected

❶ZWO ASI2600MC Pro *1

Optolong L-Ultimate *1

❸Certificate of Awards & Honors *1

 

2

 

The 2nd Prize

 

Two winners to be selected

❶ZWO 533MC-P *1

Optolong L-Ultimate *1

❸Certificate of Awards & Honors *1

 

3

 

The 3rd. Prize

 

Three winners to be selected

❶SKY ROVER 60ED MM F/6 APO *1

Optolong L-Ultimate *1

❸Certificate of Awards & Honors *1

4

Talented Prize

Two winners to be selected

❶BOSMA binocular *1

❷Certificate of Awards & Honors *1

*The first, the second and the third prizes shall not be repeated by default. If the different works from a photographer win any of the first, second and third prizes, the higher prize shall be deemed as a valid prize;

*The Talented Prize award and the first, the second and the third prizes are not allowed to be shared;

*The prizes offered as final, and cannot be exchanged for a cash;

 

SolarSystem Category

Level

Prize Category

Winners Number

Prizes

 

1

 

The 1st Prize

 

One winner to be selected

❶ZWO ASI585MC *1

Optolong SHO-3nm kit *1

❸Certificate of Awards & Honors *1

 

2

 

The 2nd Prize

 

One winners to be selected

❶SKY ROVER 60ED MM F/6 APO *1

Optolong SHO-3nm kit *1

❸Certificate of Awards & Honors *1

 

3

 

The 3rd. Prize

 

One winners to be selected

❶BENRO RH258CK *1

Optolong SHO-3nm kit *1

❸Certificate of Awards & Honors *1

4

Talented Prize

One winners to be selected

❶BOSMA binocular *1

❷Certificate of Awards & Honors *1

*The first, the second and the third prizes shall not be repeated by default. If the different works from a photographer win any of the first, second and third prizes, the higher prize shall be deemed as a valid prize;

*The Talented Prize award and the first, the second and the third prizes are not allowed to be shared;

*The prizes offered as final, and cannot be exchanged for a cash;

 

Shortlisted Award

All finalists will enjoy discount coupon (20%) for L-Pro,L-eNhance, L-eXtreme, SHO-3nm, and LRGB filters. Please refer to the shortlisted works what will be published on December 26th 2022 by Optolong website and other official media outlets.

 

Conditions of Entry

♦ The submission images are required haven’t won in the last Optolong Deep-Sky Astrophotography Competition;

♦ The entrant must have taken all images submitted; The entrant must have used their own equipment to produce the images; The use of paid PROFESSIONAL remote lease imaging services is not permitted;

※Note: Entries taken by mobile phones are not accepted for this competition.

♦ The cameras used to take the image can be either monochrome (with or without filter wheel) or One Shot colour. The camera types can include:

1) Dedicated astronomy camera

2) Modified DSLR

3) Original DSLR

4) Mirrorless camera

5) Video camera

♦ Entry Categories

DeepSky Category: It means astronomical deep sky photography works of celestial bodies, which including star clusters, galaxies, nebulae, etc.

SolarSystem Category: Solar objects such as Planets, Moon, Sun, Comet, eclipse, object transits and other celestial objects in the solar system;

♦ Entrants may use either telescopes or camera lenses to capture their image as long as the object of interest is clearly identifiable;

♦ Entries must be submitted in electronic format (JPG, PNG);

♦ Maximum size of images are 5M; width or height larger or equal to 1000px;

♦ Images can be submitted as ATTACHMENT by email to [email protected] with the following information:

Headline should name as: Category + photo name + your name+ your country

E-mail content should include the following information:

- Category of competition

- Your name and your country

- Imaging title and target

- Equipment used and the technical card

- Imaging date and place

- Briefly describe your photo story, digital processing methods employed (if any)

-Your submission image quantities

♦ Each entrant may register a maximum of three pieces of photographs spread across any of the categories; No submission may be awarded more than one prize.

♦ Kindly label your name and shooting date in the lower left corner of the entry, and ensure that the font is clearly visible when the image is enlarged to 100%.

♦ Filters may be used in capturing the image, including LRGB, SHO filters, etc.;

♦ Stacked and panoramic images are permitted;

♦ There is no restriction on when and where the image was taken; however the judges gives priority to the most recent works;

♦ The decisions of the judge will be final and no correspondence will be entered into;

♦ Copyright will remain with the photographers. Optolong reserves the right to use the images for non-commercial purposes with acknowledgement to the photographer;

♦ By submitting an image to this competition you agree that the image is an original piece of work taken for the purpose of this competition and does not infringe anyone else copyright;

♦ Please do not submit your image to the competition if you do not wish to grant these rights to Optolong Optics Limited;

♦ Winners will be announced on our website and through social media.

Entries will be assessed according to the following criteria: content; object type; object brightness; level of difficulty in photographing an object;uniqueness, etc.; and aesthetics — i.e. the object’s visual attractiveness, picture sharpness, noise reduction, etc.

 

Competition Timeline

No.

Event Level

Time Period

1

Competition Announcement

Oct 15th 2022 (Sat)

2

Submitted Dates

Oct 15th - Dec 15th 2022

3

Shortlisted Namelist

Dec 26th 2022 (Mon)

4

Scoring Time

Dec 26th 2022—Jan 3th 2023

5

Winners Announcement

Jan 10th 2023(Tue)

6

Prizes Delivery

Due on Feb 28th 2023

*If no exception occurs, perform the operation as scheduled.

 

Scoring and Judges

♦ All entries are assessed by our expert judges, who make the final decision regarding entries selected for the 1st Prize, the 2nd prize, and the 3rd prize awards. Judges intend to showcase as many of the entrants as possible and there is a preference for recent or timely images, but entries are not restricted to recent work.

♦ The judging panel will consist of Dr.Ron Brecher, Warren A. Keller, Luca Fornaciari, Trevor Jones(AstroBackyard), and Tommaso Massimo Stella.

The ranking of all awards will be decided by Optolong expert judging panel, who’s work will not participate in this competition.

 

 

Just feel free to click below Google Album to review all submissions. Welcome to “LIKE”, “FORWARD”, ”SHARE”, and “COMMENT”.  

DeepSky Category 

SolarSystem Category 

 

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-Optolong Team

 

 

Competition entries should be submitted to Optolong([email protected]) before December 15th. 2022. Winners will be announced on January 10th 2023.

For further information on the competition and instructions on how to enter, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].

 

Submission access via email: [email protected]