Comet ISON looks to be the most publicized comet of our lifetimes — and perhaps the most photographed. Because so many people are planning to snap pictures of it, the National Science Foundation’s Division of Astronomical Sciences, Discover magazine, and Astronomy are co-sponsoring the Comet ISON Photo Contest.
The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers worldwide. Enter today at www.nsf.gov/comet! The contest runs through January 15, 2014.
Judges will consider images in three categories: 1) Cameras and tripods without the use of tracking or telescopes; 2) Piggyback cameras riding atop a telescope or motorized mount; 3) Through-the-scope images where the telescope acts as the camera’s lens.
First prize in each category is $2,500. Second prize is $1,000. In addition to the six prize winners, website visitors will choose an additional “People’s Choice” award worth $1,500.
Winners will be notified before the public announcement is made in April 2014. Winning images will appear in print in Astronomy and online at Astronomy.com, DiscoverMagazine.com, and on the NSF website.
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