The World At Night Contest Winners
May 17, 2012 -- Earlier this month, the winners of the Third International Earth and Sky Photo Contest on Dark Sky Importance were announced. The contest, organized by The World at Night, Astronomers Without Borders, Global Astronomy Month and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, pulled in over 600 entries from 50 countries.
The entries were judged on the basis that elements of the night sky and a notable location or landmark on Earth were captured in the photograph. In an effort to raise awareness for the increasing problem of light pollution from major cities and to showcase the beauty of astronomy, the photos were judged in two categories: "Beauty of the Night Sky" and "Against the Lights."
Here are the winners...
Many thanks to the organizers of Astronomers Without Borders for giving Discovery News permission to re-publish these photographs. High-resolution versions can be found on the TWAN contest website.
The first prize in the "Beauty of the Night Sky" category goes to Jia Hao for his photo “Comet Lovejoy over Australia” which displays the spectacular appearance of comet Lovejoy in the southern skies during December 2011.
The first prize in the "Against the Lights" category goes to Norbert Span for his photo "Stars above Innsbruck". The panoramic image shows the northern stars above the lights of Innsbruck, a city embraced by the Alps in Austria.
"Startrails over Dolomites" by Christoph Otawa is the second place winner in the "Beauty of the Night Sky" category.
The second place winner in the "Against the Lights" category is Luis Argerich for his photo "Lights or Stars". The panoramic photo from Argentina displays the Milky Way and the Magellanic Clouds from a countryside location where the sky is fairly dark but the horizon is dominated by increasing lights of nearby towns and far away cities.
"Against the Lights" third place: Luc Perrot for his panoramic photo of comet Lovejoy and city lights in the Reunion Island in southern Indian Ocean.
"Against the Lights" fourth place: "Alps at Night" by Norbert Span shows how the flooding lights of a ski resort in Tyrol, Austria, vanishes the starry sky of Alps.
"Against the Lights" fifth place: "Sky above the Ancient Persia" by Majid Ghohroodi. The photo shows the lights of nearby towns, the winter stars, and the moon between bright planets Venus and Jupiter, all shining over an ancient castle ruins in Iran central desert.
"Beauty of Night Sky" third place: "Iceland Northern Lights" by Stephane Vetter. The photo has captured strong aurora display over the Arctic Henge in Iceland; a new henge-like array of stone to celebrate the Midnight sun in the Arctic Circle.
"Beauty of Night Sky" fourth place: "A Moonlit Winter Night" by Thomas Neudert.
"Beauty of Night Sky" fifth place: "Countryside Milky Way" by Eric Hines. The peaceful image shows the summer Milky Way and starry sky over a countryside road in Wyoming, United States.
Special thanks to: Third International Earth and Sky Photo Contest on Dark Sky Importance were announced. The contest, organized by The World at Night, Astronomers Without Borders, Global Astronomy Month and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.
High-resolution photographs can be found on the TWAN contest site.