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Old 25-07-2021, 12:05 PM
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2021 CWAS Malins

Despite COVID lockdowns and data cables being chewed out at The Dish (causing a YouTube presentation-feed train wreck) The CWAS David Malin Awards were presented yesterday:

The full results of the competition follow:
Note: HM = Honorable Mention and HC = Highly Commended

Nightscapes
Winner and Overall Winner
Marley Butler
Between a Rock and Outer Space
HM
Ian Inverarity
Sheltering From The Starlight
Alex van Harmelen
Stars over the Cathedral
Alex van Harmelen
Lake Catani Moonrise
Alex van Harmelen
Pendergast Hut Display
Jan Breckwoldt
Startrails in the City
HC
Jan Breckwoldt
Barrenjoey Startrails
Ed Hurst
Sky Life (Sydney Central Park)
William Godward
Flinders Dawn
Gill (Gillian) Fry
Keeper of the Light
Jarrod Andrews
Tessellated Synchronicity
Ari Rex
Canberra
Wide-Field
Winner
Ian Inverarity
Rho Ophiuchi Rides Blue Horsehead
HM
Kelvin Hennessy
Witches Head to Cone Nebula
HC
Peter Patonai
Treasures of Sagittarius
Deep Sky
Winner
Paul Montague
The Trifid Nebula
HM
Rodney Watters
Nebula in Corona Australis
Paul Montague
Thors Helmet
Marcus Davies
Bejeweled Oasis NGC 134
Niall MacNeill
NGC 1532 - galaxy distortion action
HC
Dylan O'Donnell
Yoda's Secret Stash
Terry Robison
Centaurus A
Andy Campbell
Blue Chilli Nebula - Vela SNR
Solar System
Winner
Andy Casely
A rippling outbreak on Jupiter
HM
Andy Casely
Mars 2020: Perseverence
Paul Haese
Transits
Stefan Buda
Rugged Moon
Niall MacNeill
Mars - Olympus Mons dominating
HC
Niall MacNeill
Jupiter Symmetry
Kelvin Hennessy
ISS Transit of Moon
Niall MacNeill
A Ringed Jewel of the Solar System
Junior
HM
Zachery Thexeira
Into Shadow: Faces of the Eclipse
Animations – Aesthetic
Winner
Mitch Payne
Totality
HM
David Magro
Welcome Home
HC
Gill (Gillian) Fry
Aurora Borealis Dancing at Hamnoy
Kelvin Hennessy
Rose Moonrise
Animations – Scientific
Winner
Kelvin Hennessy
Studies of Satellite Transits
HC
William Godward
Total Lunar Eclipse Timelapse

Well done to one and all. From a personal perspective it was an honor to be on the judging panel of Australia's premiere Astrophotography competition with Alex and Phil, and of course DM. Remarkably, we consistently scored the hundreds of entries within a few points of each other (until the final round we had no idea how each of us rated the images).

As a final note, we suspected a number of entries would have placed better if only they had used a monitor calibration tool. Also just a wee bit more attention to details such as colour registration errors, noise, sharpening doughnuts etc. will make us picky judges focus on the vista presented rather than wonder about technical glitches.

Wide field entries were also a little thin this year...but I suspect getting out under a dark sky with incessant COVID lockdowns didn't help.
Again my congratulations to the winners and appreciation for those who had a go, which helps make the "Malins" such a great event on the AP calendar.

Last edited by Peter Ward; 25-07-2021 at 01:06 PM.
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