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Astrophotography Competition and Exhibition to celebrate the night skies of Otago and Southland

Winning entries of the competition will be displayed as part of the Winterstellar Exhibition 2021
at Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, Alexandra.

Competition opens at 9am on 28th February and closes at 12pm 31st May 2021.

All entries are to be submitted digitally from this website.
Open to everyone (except professional photographers).

First Prize to value $1,300

Total prize value over $2,000 (so far)

Prizes for Young Photographers (16 and under)


2021 Categories

Natural

Simon Williams - Snowing Stars

Single shot, minimally retouched images.

Composite

Simon Williams - Second Public School

One composition. Multi-shot, eg. star trails.

Video

Timelapse or other video of the night sky.


Prizes

Overall Winner

  • Winterstellar Photographer of the Year
  • Winterstellar Young Photographer of the Year

Natural

  • Winner
  • Highly Commended
  • Young Winner
  • Peoples Choice

Composite

  • Winner
  • Highly Commended
  • Young Winner
  • Peoples Choice

Video

  • Winner
  • Highly Commended
  • Young Winner
  • Peoples Choice
40 inch HX 700 4K LED TV
Panasonic HX700 4K 40inch LED TV

Kindly donated by: Central Appliance Plus Prize Value: $1,299 Prize Category: To be confirmed

ChromaLuxe Metal Prints
30″ x 20″ Chromaluxe Metal Print

Kindly donated by: Southern Alps Imagery Prize Value: $350 Prize Category: To be confirmed

Photo Warehouse
$400 Gift Voucher at Dunedin Photo Warehouse

Kindly donated by: Jonathan’s Camera Warehouse Prize Value: $400 Prize Category: To be confirmed

One Night Accommodation at Lye Bow, Butchers Dam

One nights stay for two in the Lakeview Suite at Lye Bow Boutique Accommodation. Situated under the dark skies on the shore of the magnificent Butchers Dam reservoir. This is the location of choice fo…

The minimum value of the Photographer of the Year prize will be $1,300.

Final details of sponsors and prizes to be confirmed.


Summary

  • The subject of all entries must be the night skies of Otago and Southland.
  • For the 2021 competition there are no limits to when the image or video was taken. (For future competitions all images or video must have been taken within 18 months of competition opening.)
  • Entrants must be amateur photographers and videographers. For the purposes of the competition, you are considered a professional if 20% or more of your income is or has been derived from photography or videography.
  • Images submitted must not be commissioned images, images used for a commercial purpose, or images entered in other photography competitions.
  • All entries must be submitted online.
  • Each person can submit a maximum of three five photographic entries in each category, and three video entries.
  • Entries will be judged by a panel of judges – this is a blind judging process.
  • Full terms and conditions are available here – Terms and Conditions of Entry

Entry Specifications

Borders, watermarks, signatures or other additions will result in images and videos being disqualified.

Images

  • Minimum file size: 1.5MB
  • Maximum file size: 10MB
  • Format: JPEG
  • Orientation: Portrait or Landscape

Videos

  • Maximum video length: 90 seconds
  • Maximum file size: 50MB              
  • Video format: H264 codec (.mov or .mp4)
  • Resolution: 720p or 1080p
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Bitrate: 20mbps max
  • Orientation: Portrait or Landscape

Important Dates

Competition Opens: 9am Sunday 28th February 2021
Competition Closes: 12pm Monday 31st May 2021
Award Night: 5pm Friday 2nd July 2021
Exhibition Opens: 10am Saturday 3rd July 2021
Exhibition Closes: 4pm Sunday 29th August 2021


Sponsors and Supporters

Central Appliance Plus
Central Appliance Plus
Southern Alps Imagery
Southern Alps Imagery
Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery
Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery
Creative Communities NZ
Creative Communities NZ
Cicada Websites
Cicada Websites
Photo Warehouse
Photo Warehouse

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