Imaging Contest

New rules for 2019.  Please read thoroughly:

The Imaging Contest is now officially sponsored by Brian Dernesch of KW Telescope in Kitchener and by Guylain Rochon at O’Telescope in Ottawa.  We are delighted to announce the support and generous donations of astrophotography prizes by these fine establishments.


  1. All components of an image must have been captured by the entrant.  An image or any component of an image, whether digital or film, may not be entered having originated otherwise.
  2. All elements of image capture must be accomplished by the entrant, including equipment setup, control, alignment, and target acquisition.  All work in creating an image that involves the application of more than nominal skill must be done by the entrant.  Images acquired remotely using rented equipment are not permitted.  Otherwise this would just be an image processing competition.

Categories – new for 2019:

  1. Time Lapse video.  Open to all entrants.  Maximum duration per video = 2 minutes.  You may add music or leave it silent.  Time Lapse will be shown as submitted, however note that Starfest is a family event and expletive / offensive / inappropriate music may be edited out.  Only one Time Lapse per entrant.  If you wish to submit, contact the Director via email to make file sharing arrangements.
  2. The General Division has 3 subdivisions.  Entrants can submit to one or all subdivisions.  Up to 12 photos are allowed.  In the event that there are not enough entries, subdivisions may be combined.

    1. Astronomical Landscape and star trails (ASL)
    2. Solar System (SS)
    3. Deep Sky Objects (DSO)
  3. The new Master’s Class has 3 subclasses.  Entrants can submit to one or all subclasses.  Up to 12 photos are allowed.  In the event that there are not enough entries, subclasses may be combined.

    1. Astronomical Landscape and star trails (MC-ASL)
    2. Solar System (MC-SS)
    3. Deep Sky Objects (MC-DSO)

    Who should submit to the Master’s Class?
    There are no hard and fast rules, but typical entrants will be accomplished imagers who have been “in the game” for a while.  The following are some suggestions of who might consider themselves in this class.  This list is not comprehensive nor is it complete:

    • Imagers that have won competitions
    • Imagers that have been published
    • Previous experience as an imaging contest judge
    • 5 or more years of experience in astrophotography
    • Those that receive many accolades on AstroBin or Social Media for their astro images
    • Those that have taught or are ready to teach an aspect of astrophotography
    • Those that have published written articles in the topic of imaging

General Rules

  1. Entrants should be registered for Starfest prior to sending images.
  2. Winners of the contest must pick up their prizes at the showing on Saturday night.  Prizes will not be mailed out.
  3. The competition is open to all Starfest attendees with the exception of current judges.
  4. Judging will be by a panel of three judges.  Judges are subject to change yearly.  The identity of the judges will be disclosed on Saturday night at Starfest.  Judges are typically accomplished imagers who have either won 1st place at Starfest or have been extensively published.
  5. Images and Time-lapses must contain an Astronomical subject.
  6. By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the work as not infringing on anyone else’s copyright and permits the NYAA to reproduce, in printed or electronic form, all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to the promotion of Starfest and to effectively operate and promote the competition.
  7. The NYAA assumes no liability for any misuse of copyright and is not responsible for any loss of or damage to any images submitted.
  8. The Director reserves the right to disqualify any photo or video that doesn’t meet the general or technical rules (below).

Technical Rules

  2. No identifying information (e.g. title, photographer) should be pasted on the image itself.
  3. Images should be submitted as high quality JPEGs.  TIFFs will be accepted but only if they are under 10 mb in size.  Other formats cannot be accepted.
  4. Images will be judged and shown using high definition technology, therefore submissions should aim for a size of 1920 x 1080 pixels.  Although other dimensions will be accepted, it may not be in your best interest to deviate from high definition dimensions.  Note that only the pixel dimensions matter, the resolution (pixels/inch) is irrelevant for displayed images.
  5. When naming your images, include only the target name and Division (eg – “M52-DSO”).  Other info (eg - your name) is no longer necessary in the file’s name.
  6. Please include technical details of the image(s) in the email (location, dates, target, camera, mount, scope, filters, exposure times etc.)

Submitting your Images:

  1. DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING IMAGES IS: 11:59pm EDT Sunday July 21st 2019
  2. The entrant is responsible for ensuring his/her entries are delivered to the Director: .