Impressive results from the astrophotography contest in its 5th edition

Over a hundred works have been presented to the Calar Alto 5th international contest of astrophotography, astronomical drawing and timelapse. After five years, the contest consolidated itself as one of the most prestigious on the national and international scene. The works received until May 31st (deadline extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic) came from all over Spain and even the United States.

The contest, organized by the Calar Alto observatory as well as the “Orion” and “Friends of Calar Alto” associations, includes five categories. Deep sky, showing us the beautiful nebulae and galaxies in the Universe. Planetary, with the Solar System objects as protagonists. Nightscape, where Earth and sky merge in an image, or as a timelapse, another category. The night sky becomes pure art with the astronomical drawing category.

The five winners this year are Spanish men, but the growing number of female participants has to be emphasized. They will be awarded with a 3-night full-board stay at the observatory, using the 1.23-m telescope to take photographs or to do drawings from the best sky in Europe. This prize is highly valued within the amateur astronomer community.

The winners are:

  • Deep sky, Roberto Ferrero from Agrupación Astronómica Madrid Sur.
  • Planetary, Rafael Segura Rius from Tarragona.
  • In nightscape, Oscar Blanco Varela de A Coruña.
  • In astronomical drawing, Jesús Salado Castro from Cádiz.
  • And in timelapse, José Manuel Gallego Reina, from Sevilla.

 

 Enjoy attached winners’ photographies and videos.

 

CATEGORY: DEEP SKY PHOTOGRAPHY


 DeepSky1
First Prize

Dark Nebula in Cygnus constellation
Roberto Ferrero

First Mention
DeepSky2
Sadr y la Nebulosa Crescent
Guadalupe Fernández Vega
Second Mention
DeepSky2
Andrés Jobacho Sánchez
Trompa del elefante en IC 1396
Third Mention
DeepSky2
Los renacuajos del sur
Josep Drudis



 

CATEGORY: PLANETARY PHOTOGRAPHY


 Planetary1
First Prize

Venus multicolor
Rafael Segura Rius

First Mention
DeepSky2
Eclipse Lunar
Juan Luis Cánovas Pérez
Second Mention
DeepSky2
Conjunción Luna y Saturno
Miguel García Novalbos
Third Mention
DeepSky2
Moon, cráter Copernicus
Alfredo Vidal Pérez



 

CATEGORY: NIGHT LANDSCAPE

 Landscape1
First Prize

Reflejos en el Salar
Oscar Blanco Varela

First Mention
Landscape2
The Cristal Dome
Antonio Martín Carrillo
Second Mention
Landscape3
Calar Alto y la Vía Láctea, dos maravillas frente a frente
Diego Gómez Rodríguez
Third Mention
Landscape4
Castillo de Zafra bajo nuestra galaxia
David Fernández Sánchez



 

CATEGORY: ASTRONOMICAL DRAWING


 Drawing1
First Prize

Aristóteles, Euxodus y Montes Caucasus en creciente
Jesús Salado Castro

First Mention
Drawing2
Eclipse Lunar
Maritxu Poyal Viúdez
 

 
 



 

CATEGORY: TIME-LAPSE


First Prize
Insomnia II
José Manuel Gallego Reina


First Mention
Skynight
Francisco Javier Flores Martín


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