Two global projects of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, The World at Night and Dark Skies Awareness jointly organize the International Earth and Sky Photo Contest. Participating photographs should focus on TWAN style. Therefore the photos must combine some elements of the night sky (e.g., stars, planets, the Moon or celestial events) set against the backdrop of a beautiful, historic, or notable location or landmark somewhere in the World. They must show both the Earth and the Sky. This style of photography is called “landscape astrophotography”.
The special theme of the contest is “Dark Skies Importance”, so the image should try to impress people about how important and amazing the starry sky is, how it affects our life, and how bad the problem of light pollution has become. The contest organizers encourage participants to view examples of such photos on TWAN galleries. A special photo gallery entitled “Dark Skies Importance” is available on TWAN website. Educational article and tips on night sky photography is also available on TWAN online Education section.
The International Year of Astronomy 2009 photography contest is open to anyone of any age, anywhere around the world.
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