RASC Halifax Centre Astroimaging Contest & People's Choice Award

Want to shine like a star? Gain galactic bragging rights? Burst with pride like a bolide? Enter your hard-won astro-images in the Astroimaging Contest! Here’s all the info you need to generate your own solar radiance.
As of April 2019, the Astroimaging Contest, formerly only within the purview of Nova East, is now a Halifax Centre contest thereby opening it to more than Nova East registrants. Astrophoto submissions from past years are available for viewing below. 

Who Can Submit to the Contest:

Submissions will be accepted from any RASC Halifax Centre member and any person currently residing in Nova Scotia.

Important Note:

By submitting a photo to the Halifax Centre Astroimaging Contest, the photographer has given permission for use on the RASC Halifax Centre website, the RASC Halifax Centre publication Nova Notes, and display at Halifax Members’ Meetings, and on the prize sponsor’s website and social media. If the photo is to be used for any other purpose, the photographer’s permission must be requested specifically for that purpose.

Deadline for Submission to the Contest:

The deadline for submission is midnight Saturday, November 13, 2021. This would allow for distribution to the adjudicators and for any arrangements that would be necessary regarding the awards presentations at the Centre's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on December 4, 2021. 

Contest Categories:

The Nova East Astroimaging Contest has three categories:
1.     Wide Field (WF)
2.     Solar System (SS)
3.     Deep-Sky/Prime Focus (DS)

Image Description Guidelines:

Provide a single text file with the image description(s) separate from the images. The information provided will be used when posting the photos (except the photographer’s name prior to the winners being announced).  Each description should be a single text block with:
·      Photographer’s name
·      Image Title
·      What the object is
·      Pertinent details 
·      Capture details: location, time, camera make, camera settings, lens, mount, total exposure time, focal ratio, processing steps, etc.

Image Guidelines & Submission:

The photo submitted may be in colour or black and white. No composite photos are allowed; however, stacked photographs are allowed. Each person may submit two entries per category. However, each person may win only once per category for which they submitted photos, i.e., they cannot win both 1st and 2nd prize in a category.
Images should be in JPEG format, 2,400 pixels wide, and should not have text (such as labels, copyright notices or other information) imprinted on them. Images should not be embedded in a presentation format.
Some composites (for example, those with foregrounds shot from a different location and/or date than the sky portion) are not eligible, however, nightscape images and photos consisting of stitched mosaics and panoramas are allowed.
All images must be captured using equipment you personally set up and operated.
The File Name format: category + image Title + file extension. Please do not include your name or initials in the naming of the file. For example:
·      WF Yarmouth Milky Way.jpg
·      SS Moon crater Plato.jpg
·      DS M101.jpg
Images are to be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include your full name and address in your email with the JPEG of your photo. Use the naming format and the image description cited above.

People's Choice Award

Thanks to the work of Melody Hamilton, the People's Choice Award was established as part of the Nova East Astroimaging Contest in 2018. The winner was determined by fellow Nova East registrants voting for their favourite photo of all those submitted to the contest. Fellow astronomers and their families got to acknowledge amateur photographers and their work. 

Given Nova East 2021 is a speaker series utilizing Zoom for attendance, the mechanism for voting for this award during COVID-19 restrictions was changed. RASC Halifax members may vote for their People's Choice favourite through a SurveyMonkey survey to be emailed separately.  The winner of the 2021 People's Choice Award will be announced at the RASC Halifax Centre Annual General Meeting (AGM) on December 4 , 2021.


The Astroimaging Contest prizes will be determined each year in conjunction with the contest sponsors. The People's Choice Award is To Be Determined.

Announcement of Winners

Astroimaging Contest : All photos submitted were judged for their technical merit as well as their composition, visual interest, and artistic merit.

People's Choice Award: Voting of members and contest participants via Survey Monkey determine the winner of this award.
Winners will be announced at the December 4, 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Winners will be notified by email regarding their win. Once all winners are notified, the winners were announced on the RASC Halifax Centre website, through the RASC Halifax Centre Announce List, at the December Members' Meeting, and on the sponsor’s website and social media.

 2021 Astroimaging Contest Entries

(Photos are the copyrighted property of the photographers. Permission to use any of their photos for other purposes must be obtained from the photographer.)

These photos (1 - 24) are this year's entries. RASC Halifax members may vote for their People's Choice favourite through a SurveyMonkey survey to be emailed separately. Note: with some internet browsers, hovering over the photo with your cursor will display the photo details. You may also be able to right-click on an image and view it in a separate window to see a larger version. If necessary, the files were reduced in JPEG quality to meet a 2M file upload limit (which might be noticeable if you view a zoomed image). The judges have access to the original submitted images. Note: SS_02 was recategorized to WF_09.

DS_02_-_M31_Andromeda.jpg DS_02 Andromeda Galaxy - Andromeda Galaxy Jason Dain Winner Deep Sky
SS_01_-_ISS_Transit_Sun.jpgSS_01 ISS Solar Transit - Jason Dain Winner Solar System
WF_01_-_Milky_Way_and_Moon.jpg WF_01 Milky Way and Moon - Jason Dain Wide Field Winner
WF_04_Milky_Way_Peggys_Cove.jpgWF_04 Touching the Cosmo - Chris Kelly Winner of the Peoples Choice Award
DS_01_North_America_Nebula_from_HalifaxDS_01 North America Nebula from Halifax - John Read
DS_03_-_Heart_of_the_Heart_Nebula.jpg DS_03 Heart of the Heart Nebula - Jason Dain
DS_04_-_M42_Orion_Nebula.jpgDS_04 Orion Nebula - Jason Dain
DS_05_M31.jpgDS_05 Andromeda Galaxy - Chris Kelly
DS_06_M42.jpg DS_06 Messier 42, the Great Orion Nebula - Kathy Walker
DS_07_M8.jpgDS_07 Messier 8, the Lagoon Nebula - Kathy Walker
DS_08_NGC_281_jpg.jpgDS_08 The Pacman Nebula (NGC 281) - David Hoskin
DS_09_Sharpless_157_et_al_jpg.jpgDS_09 Sharpless 157 et al. - David Hoskin
DS_10_NGC2244.jpgDS_10 Rosette Nebula with L-eNhance Filter - Jeff Donaldson
SS_03_Lunar_X.jpgSS_03 Lunar X - Dave Chapman
SS_04_Moon Maria Craters Montes.jpeg SS_04 Moon Maria Craters Montes Gibbous Moon - Dave Chapman
SS_05_Sun_in_Hydrogen_Alpha_jpg.jpg SS_05 Sun in Hydrogen Alpha - David Hoskin
SS_06_Gang_of_Four_jpg.jpgSS_06 Gang of Four Lunar Craters - David Hoskin
WF_02_Keji_Milky_Way.jpgWF_02 Meadow Beach - Stewart Cameron
WF_03_Milky_Way_Point_Wolfe.jpgWF_03 Wolfe 1992 - Chris Kelly
WF_05_Moon_and_Venus.jpeg WF_05 Moon and Venus - Dave Chapman
WF_06_Muin_Aurora.jpgWF_06 Muin Aurora - Dave Chapman
WF_07_Harvest_Moon__Rising_jpg.jpgWF_07 Harvest Moon Rising - David Hoskin
WF_08_Springtime_Zodiacal_Light_jpg.jpgWF_08 Springtime Zodiacal Light - David Hoskin
WF_09_Milky_Way.jpg WF_09 Milky Way “Core" - Chris Kelly

2020 Astroimaging Contest

2019 Astroimaging Contest