Welcome to 2020 Capture the Cosmos – Under the Warrumbungle Sky

Important – we have extended the closing date until September 26, 2020.

Welcome to our second ‘Capture the Cosmos – Under the Warrumbungle Sky’ Astrophotography competition.

This is a photography competition for insomniacs.

Watch this space!! Pun intended! For astro photography Workshops and exhibition events once the competition winners have been announced.

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After our successful event last year – we are back with the 2020 competition with new prizes and new sponsors as well a new Smartphone Section.

Competition now closed. click here to review entries /pay fees for 2020 Capture the Cosmos

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And the Winners are:

Thanks to everyone who entered this year! You gave our judges a difficult time with the quality of entries.

The winners and highly commended entries for 2020 are:

Section:                                Solar System

Winner:                               Niall MacNeill – 3 of the 4 big moons of Jupiter

Highly Commended:        György Soponyai- Analemma of the Moon

Section:                               Warrumbungle Nightscape Widefield

Winner:                               Peter Abery – Moonset from Whitegum Lookout

Highly Commended:        Andrew Davis – Milky Way Over the Dome

Section:                               Night Sky Widefield                       

Winner:                               Paul Mayo – 20200720 EOS R 5×180 v1 copy

Highly Commended:        Jan Breckwoldt – Barrenjoey Lighthouse Star-Trails

Section:                               Open Deep Space           

Winner:                               Rodney Watters – NGC4038 Antenna Galaxies

Highly Commended:        Diego Colonnello – Wide Orion RGB

Section:                                Smartphone Astrophotography  

Winner:                               Balazs Benei – Phases of Venus

Highly Commended:        Balazs Benei – ISS Lunar Transit

Section:                                Youth

Winner:                               Kallan Strong – Fire under the Galaxy

Highly Commended:        Luke Dodd – The Island in the Sea of Stars

by Donna Burton, October 19, 2020

Results for competitions in 2020 Capture the Cosmos

There were 12 entries that gained our highest award(s).

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

moonset from whitegum lookout
peter abery – Winner
Warrumbungle Nightscape Widefield

20200720 EOS R 5×180 v1 copy
Paul Mayo – Winner
Night Sky Widefield

NGC4038 Antenna Galaxies
Rodney Watters – Winner
Open Deep Space

Phases of Venus
Balazs Benei – Winner
Smartphone Astrophotography

3 of the 4 big moons of Jupiter
Niall MacNeill – Winner
Solar System – Sun, Moon, planets & sunrise-set

Milky Way over the dome
Andrew Davis – Highly Commended
Warrumbungle Nightscape Widefield

Barrenjoey Lighthouse Star-Trails
Jan Breckwoldt – Highly Commended
Night Sky Widefield

Wide Orion RGB
Diego Colonnello – Highly Commended
Open Deep Space

ISS Lunar Transit
Balazs Benei – Highly Commended
Smartphone Astrophotography

Analemma of the Moon
György Soponyai – Highly Commended
Solar System – Sun, Moon, planets & sunrise-set

Fire Under The Galaxy
Kallan Strong – Youth Winner
Warrumbungle Nightscape Widefield

The Island in the Sea of Stars
Luke Dodd – Youth Highly Commended
Open Deep Space

by Donna Burton, October 19, 2020

Closing Date Extended

Hi Everyone

We have extended the closing date for Capture the Cosmos until 26 September.

Get your entries in – we have great prizes and looking forward to seeing all the amazing entries and certainly don’t envy judges job this year!

by Donna Burton, September 21, 2020

Capture the Cosmos on tour!

Poster: Capture the Cosmos photography exhibition is now on tour. 6pm Thursday 21st November opening at The Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre. This exhibition will run through December.
Capture the Cosmos exhibition heads to Baradine

Capture the Cosmos photography exhibition is now on tour.

Celebrating the new tour location at 6pm Thursday 21st November opening at The Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre. Baradine Central School students will be sharing Indigenous interpretations of astronomical features in our brilliant night skies.

This exhibition will run through December. If you haven’t yet checked out the Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre in Baradine then this is the perfect excuse to do so.

Opening hours and further information for the Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre can be found here.

by committee coonabarabran, November 18, 2019

Results for competitions in 2019 Capture the Cosmos

There were 10 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Camp Blackman Milky Way pano
Andrew Davis – Winner
Warrumbungle Nightscape Widefield

reflections
andrew murrell – Winner
Night Sky Widefield

Jupiter with the GRS Io Europa
Niall MacNeill – Winner
Open Deep Space

The Eagle Nebula
Luke Dodd – Winner
Open Digital All youth entries

Moonrise
Mladen Dugec – Highly Commended
Warrumbungle Nightscape Widefield

SiloArtBarraba Under the Milky Way
Joan Faras – Highly Commended
Night Sky Widefield

NGC 300 Galaxy in LRGB
Andy Campbell – Highly Commended
Open Deep Space

The Southern Skies over Warwick
Luke Dodd – Highly Commended
Open Digital All youth entries

The Southern Skies over Warwick
Luke Dodd – Youth Highly Commended
Night Sky Widefield

The Eagle Nebula
Luke Dodd – Overall Youth
Open Deep Space

by Colin Woods, October 10, 2019

Inaugural Capture the Cosmos Astrophotography Competition awards night exhibition

We are delighted to invite you to the inaugural Capture the Cosmos Astrophotography Competition awards night exhibition.

Join us on the opening night where we will announce the winners and showcase stunning photographs that celebrate dark skies from under the Warrumbungle Shire and around the globe. 

The exhibition will display the winners and a selection of outstanding photographs from a spectacular field of entries. 

When: 6.00pm Saturday 21st September, 2019

Where: Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre, John Street, Coonabarabran

Light refreshments will be served on the evening.

To RSVP please enter your details via this online registration form and the number of guests to assist with catering for the evening. 

by Donna Burton, September 11, 2019

Categories explained…

by committee coonabarabran, July 29, 2019

Exciting Prizes for Capture the Cosmos competition

We have some awesome prizes thanks to our generous sponsors

A winner and a highly commended for each of the 3 categories and overall youth entries 

Skywatcher Sky Adventurer Bundle from BINTEL valued at $500. (Prize for Best Youth entry across all categories)

Assisted time on Milroy Observatory’s 40 Inch Telescope with Donna the Astronomer –  valued at $500. For the winner of the Open Deep Space category

Pentax (Voucher valued at $500) Winner of the Warrumbungle Nightscape Wide field category

Sigma Lens (Voucher valued at $500) Winner of the Night sky Wide field category

250 subscription points  from iTelescope value $250. Prize for all Highly Commended for each category and youth (4 prizes in total valued at $1000)

https://www.bintel.com.au
https://www.itelescope.net/
http://www.milroyobservatory.com.au/
https://pentax.com.au
https://sigmaphoto.com.au/

by committee coonabarabran, July 29, 2019

Entry Fees Update

Did you know that you can enter 2 photos per category in the Capture the Cosmos astrophotography competition? With 3 categories in the 2019 competition that means that you can enter a potential of 6 photos… so that means 6 opportunities to win awesome prizes!

We are super keen to encourage all ages to enter with an extra incentive for those aged 18 and under… so get shooting those stars and the awesome night sky! Entries close on the 1st August so be quick!

Adult Fee: 1 Category $15, 2 Categories $30, 3 Categories $45 
Children Fee: 1 Category $6, 2 Categories $10, 3 Categories $15 

Photo of the moon's surface taken via an iPhone through a telescope.
Moon taken by a mobile phone through a telescope during Star Gazing Live in May 2018.

by committee coonabarabran, June 25, 2019

We are launched!

by committee coonabarabran, June 7, 2019