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1st of August 2022
David Malin Awards 2022
Winners of the NSW Central West Astronomical Society's annual astrophotography competition. were announced during the CWAS AstroFest conference on Saturday, 23 July 2022. Amateur astronomers and photographers from around Australia were invited to submit their astrophotographs for consideration in the prestigious David Malin Awards. This year's competition had eight categories: Deep Sky, Wide-Field, Nightscapes, Solar System, Animated Sequences, Smartphone Astrophotography, the theme "Alignments", and Junior (18 years old and younger). The photo above, by Lucy Yunxi Hu, was entitled "Celestial River Bifurcation" and was the winner in the Smartphone Astrophotography category. The citation from the judging panel read "This is the best effort I have seen of a tracked image on a smartphone. While the resolution is relatively poor, as you might expect, the colours are very well captured, and an interesting foreground is well lit." The Southern Cross is seen lying on its side, and the orange colour of Gamma Crucis (the leftmost star of the Cross), a red giant, can be clearly seen in contrast to the blue colours of Alpha and Beta Crucis. (Image: © Lucy Yunxi Hu)

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