Photography exhibition scans the skies

Beam Me Up
Beam Me Up
Image: Greg Gibbs
Source: Greg Gibbs

Media contact: Alex Dook

Award-winning night sky photographs on display at Scienceworks.

Twenty-four spectacular award-winning photographs of the night sky will be on display in the Melbourne Planetarium foyer at Scienceworks from 17 February to 27 April as part of the free touring exhibition Winning sky photographs: the David Malin Awards 2013.

Winning Sky Photographs is an exhibition of the top entries from The David Malin Awards astrophotography competition. Held annually by the Central West Astronomical Society, it is open to photographers around Australia.

Judged by world-renowned astrophotographer Dr David Malin, the competition aims to encourage photographers to use their vision, imagination and skill to produce inspiring and beautiful images of the sky. There are seven award categories plus a Photo Editor’s Choice Award and a discretionary Innovation Award.

Among the photographs on display are Grahame Kelaher's image of the Millky Way taken at the Pinnacles rock formation in Western Australia, and Michael Bolenski's star trails image captured at Big Swamp on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. The overall winner was Martin Pugh's striking image of the spiral galaxy NGC 3718 which lies a mere 52 million light-years away!

Other photographs on display range from shots taken during last year's total solar eclipse in Cairns to a stunning wide field shot of the Aurora Australis as well as some spectacular deep space images of nebulae, supernova and the Milky Way.

Those interested in astronomy, photography and the unique Australian environment will be truly inspired!

The Melbourne Planetarium is experienced by 140,000 visitors every year and is one of the only planetariums in the Southern Hemisphere to make its own shows and export them around the world. It has recently undergone a major technological upgrade and now has projectors providing a 10 megapixel image on a 16-metre domed ceiling and a superior 7.1 surround sound system.

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