ESO invites you to take part in AstroCamera 2014 — an international competition in support of the popularisation of astronomy and astrophotography. As an honorary sponsor of the competition organised by the Hewelianum Centre, ESO will award prizes for the winners in the form of books and DVDs.
Launched initially on 28 January 2011 in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of the birth of the 17th century astronomer, Johannes Hevelius, the competition is open to all astronomy and astrophotography enthusiasts. The life and achievements of Hevelius, a renowned observer of the night sky, have been an inspiration for the Hewelianum Centre to make the AstroCamera competition a regular event. This is the fourth time it has been held.
The competition is organised into the following categories:
- Category I: deep sky objects (photographs of star clusters, galaxies, nebulae, etc.),
- Category II: Solar System objects (photographs of the planets, the Moon, comets, meteors, eclipses, object transits, etc.),
- Category III: astronomical landscapes (photographs showing landscape elements with astronomical objects, e.g. astronomical objects rising and setting or the movement of the celestial sphere).
Entries will be assessed according to the following criteria: content, object type, object brightness, level of difficulty in observing an object, rarity (uniqueness), etc. and aesthetics: object visual attractiveness, picture sharpness, noise reduction, etc.
The competition closes on 18 July 2014 and the results will be announced shortly afterwards. The awards will be presented at theThe Night of Shooting Stars — an event organised by the Hewelianum Centre on 12 August 2014.
For further information on the competition and how to enter, please refer to the dedicated competition webpage.
ESO is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world’s most productive ground-based astronomical observatory by far. It is supported by 15 countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries.
ESO also plays a leading role in promoting and organising cooperation in astronomical research. ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor. At Paranal, ESO operates the Very Large Telescope, the world’s most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory and two survey telescopes. VISTA works in the infrared and is the world’s largest survey telescope and the VLT Survey Telescope is the largest telescope designed to exclusively survey the skies in visible light. ESO is the European partner of a revolutionary astronomical telescope ALMA, the largest astronomical project in existence. ESO is currently planning the 39-metre European Extremely Large optical/near-infrared Telescope, the E-ELT, which will become “the world’s biggest eye on the sky”.