SAS Astrophotography Competition 2018

About this event :

20th May: SAS Astrophotography Competition 2018

SAS Astro Photo Competion
The Sunderland Astronomical Society’s Astrophotography Competition will held on Sunday 20th May 2018, from 7:00 pm, where the best of our SAS astrophotographer images will be displayed and voted on at this competition event.
Last year’s 2017 Astrophotography Competition winners and runners up , also viewable from the  Astrophotography Competitions drop down menu.

This year there will be 3 main categories:

  1. Solar System.  
  2. Deep Sky.
  3. Smartphone/Tablet.

Skill Level

In each Category (apart from Smartphone) experience Levels:

  1. Less than 12 months experience.
  2. More than 12 months experience.

There will be a winner and runners-up photo will be voted on for each category & skill level.

This year we also have a new Smartphone/Tablet category. This can any image and any experience level. 


The winners will receive prizes & the highly prized SAS Astrophotography certificates,

The runner-up will receive the highly prized certificates.

To submit your photos for the competition, bring them with you on the night of the competition or submit them to our chairman at before the event.

Competition Rules

There are 2 main rules for competition image entries:

Rule 1: Each astronomical object/image  taken within the last twelve months should be printed on a photograph up to A4 in size with the following information on the back of each photo.

  • Category (i.e. Solar System, Deep Sky or Smartphone/Tablet).
  • Skill Level, (i.e. Less than or more than 12 months experience)
  • Name of your astronomical object, associated identifier (for e.g. Orion Nebula, M42);
  • Equipment used to take the image; (for e.g. Skywatcher Evostar 80 DS-PRO ED, Cannon  600D, EQ6, etc);
  • Your Name;
  • Your contact details (Email/Tel No.)”, if required.

Alternatively, if you prefer the following information can be written on a piece of paper/post-it note on then stuck on the back of your photo (if you wish to preserve you photo – post it notes can be provided on the night):

Rule 2: It has been decided that for the astrophotography competition this year will be open to Sunderland Astronomical Society members only (i.e. members subscriptions paid).

So if you are not currently a SAS member and would like to submit your astro photos into the competition you will need to join &  fill out an application form and bring it with you on the night or join before the event.
Note1: A selection of the winning & runner-up astrophotographers images and certificate presentations will be shown website after the competition (if supplied:-)).

Note2: Winner / Runners-up / & possibly other submitted astro images may be used on a SAS fundraising calendar, SAS Facebook or our webpage. If there are any objections to this please email chairman on above email address.

The best of luck to all astro photo entries.

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Your host : Martin Kennedy