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Friday, April 2, 2010

Winner of the International Earth and Sky Photo Contest

2010 April 1: The World at Night and Dark Skies Awareness organized the International Earth and Sky Photo Contest on Dark Skies Importance. Submissions were received during the second half of International year of Astronomy 2009. Submitted photographs were all taken during the year of astronomy and were all created in the "TWAN style" -- showing both the Earth and the sky -- by combining elements of the night sky set against the Earth horizon with backdrop of a notable location or landmark. This style of photography is called “landscape astrophotography”.

According to the contest theme of “Dark Skies Importance”, the submitted photos were judged in two categories: Beauty of Night Sky and Against the Lights. The selected images are best in impressing people on both how important and amazing the starry sky is and how it affects our lives, and also how bad the problem of light pollution has become. Today most city skies have become virtually empty of stars. Light pollution obscures the stars, interferes with astronomical observatories, and, like any other form of pollution, disrupts ecosystems and has adverse health effects.

Contest Judging

The first selection and voting was made by TWAN world-wide photographers. The most voted photos were then considered by the contest judge team for 5 winners in each category of the contest. including:
- David Malin (the most distinguished night sky photographer in the world, TWAN member and consultant).
- Mike Simmons (President of Astronomers Without Borders and TWAN co-founder, contributing editor at Sky&Telescope magazine).
- Connie Walker (Director of Dark Sky Awareness project and Globe at Night program, senior science education specialist at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory).
- Richard Wainscoat (Photographer and astronomer at the University of Hawaii, the chair of International Astronomical Union Commission on Controlling Light Pollution).
- Babak Tafreshi (Founder and director of TWAN, award winning night sky photographer, and board member of Astronomers Without Borders).

“Temple Night”
by Chris Kotsiopoulos from Greece

“Milky Way above Romania”
by Cristina Tinta Vass

“Observatory and Capital”
by Mahdi Zamani from Armenia

“Lights of Los Angeles”
by Ali Douraghy

“Lights vs .Stars”
by Fredrik Broms from Norway

“Full Moon Rainbow”
by Tony Rowel from California

“Light House and Stars”
by Larry Andreasen, from USA

by Valentin Grigore from Romania

“Pine Tree Startrails”
by Miguel Claro from Portugal

“Starry Night of Croatia”
by Vid Nikolic from Croatia

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