In July 2015, the Central West Astronomical Society's astrophotography competition was held again as part of the CWAS AstroFest. Amateur astronomers and photographers from around Australia were invited to take part in the exhibition and to submit their astrophotographs for consideration in the prestigious "David Malin Awards".
This year's competition had eight categories: Deep Sky, Wide-Field, Nightscapes, Solar System, Animated Sequences, Scientific, Aesthetic, Themed Section - "The Southern Cross", Junior (18 years old and younger).
It was not just technical skill that was awarded. The prizes went to pictures that captured the beauty of the sky and the intrinsic interest of astronomy in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
For more information, please visit the website of the contest. (Clicking on each thumbnail to see a bigger image.)
Here are some winning photos.
"Deep Sky", Andrew Campbell:
"Stellar Riches", Troy Casswell:
"The Southern Cross", Phil Hart:
"A Cosmic Bubble", Andrew Campbell:
"The Halo", Paul Haese:
"Knight's Colours", Peter Ward:
"Milky Bioluminescence", James Garlick:
"Milky Way over the Bungle Bungles", Steven Saffi:
"By the Lake", Saeed Salimpour:
"Aurora Treescape", James Garlick: