This year’s presentation was a bit different as the David Malin award ceremony was held during the CWAS clubs Astrofest. The Astrofest was held in the Coventry Room at the Parkes Library on Saturday the 14th of July with the day featuring outstanding speakers from Australia and overseas.
This year special guest was Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell the Discoverer of Pulsars, other guest speakers were Amy Shira Teitel from Vintage Space, Prof. Elaine Sadler from Sydney University/CASS and Donna Burton from Milroy Observatory. (I’ll write another blog on these wonderful presentations)
In the afternoon, Dr David Malin presented all the stunning images and gave an outline on why he chose each astronomy image. He also made the comment that every year the images submitted by astrophotographers just get more and more outstanding.
This year I was honoured and very proud to have been an award winner in the ‘Nightscape Category’ for my image of the Northern Lights called ‘The Northern Lights in the Arctic Night’. I also had another “Highly Commented” Aurora image titled “Breathtaking Aurora in the Night Sky shown and mentioned during the presentation.
On Sunday the 15th of July we were all invited to the Parkes Radio Telescope Centre for the opening and unveiling of our images, which were all beautifully framed and on show in the gallery. This was also an open day for the public to come and view the images with members from the CSWA setting up there telescopes to show the daytime sky to everyone beside the magnificent Parkes Radio telescope.
During the opening of the images in the gallery a special birthday presentation took place as it was Dame Jocelyn bell-Burnell’s birthday, she said she could not think of a better place to celebrate the event. She is such a lovely person and she congratulated all of us on our beautiful images of the universe.
All our astrophotography images will now remain on show for the year at the Parkes Radio Telescope visitor centre and another full set will travel around Australia to all the different science centers and observatories for the public to view and enjoy.
I would like to thank all the members from the CWAS especially John Sarkissian for his dedication in making this the premier astronomical photography event here in Australia. Thank you also to Canon Australia for my prize of a $200 Canon voucher to use at their online Canon store.
Please find below some images from the award ceremony on Saturday the 14th of July and at the opening of the exhibition at the Parkes Radio Telescope on Sunday the 15th July. I am very happy and proud to be part of this amazing exhibition and I’m sure everyone who sees our images will be truly stunned at the awesome beauty of the universe that we all live in :-)