Have you got a GREAT astrophoto in your collection? The 2023 Astrofest Astrophotography Competition and Exhibition is open for entries! The competition is open from 28th July and closes at midnight on 13th August 2023.

There are a variety of competition categories you can choose to enter.

There’s a special award category for the Best Astrotourism WA Nightscape for images taken in the Astrotourism Towns localities.

Who will win the Best Astrotourism WA Nightscape?

If you’ve been traveling the amazing state of Western Australia with your trusty camera and have taken an image in or around the Astrotourism Towns, then it’s time to enter and show off the beauty of WA’s dark night sky and stunning landscapes. 

There are two great prizes on offer for the winner and runner up of the Best Astrotourism WA Nightscape Award!

Best Astrotourism WA Nightscape Award 
Sponsored by the Shire of Upper Gascoyne

The winner will receive a trophy and two nights accommodation at the Gascoyne Junction Pub and Tourist Park in a 1 Bedroom Self Contained Unit plus a $75 Gift Voucher to spend at the Gascoyne Junction Pub and Tourist Park Restaurant. Plus one night accommodation at the Mount Augustus Tourist Park in a Self Contained Unit plus a $75 Gift Voucher at the Mount View Dining Room. Total value: $628

Best Astrotourism WA Nightscape Award Runner Up
Sponsored by the Shire of Perenjori

The runner up will receive a trophy and two nights accommodation at the Perenjori Caravan Park in a Chalet, plus a voucher of $100 to spend at the Perenjori Hotel. Total value: $370

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Shire of Perenjori logo

What are the Terms for the Best Astrotourism WA Nightscape Award?

Nightscape entries applicable to the Best Astrotourism WA Award, which is an award within this same competition, must be stated as such; and include the name of the Astrotourism WA Shire/Local Government locality in the submission; and will feature terrestrial elements located in the Astrotourism WA Local Government locality. For the Astrotourism WA Award the eligible Local Government localities include those towns registered with Astrotourism WA, listed on the AstrotourismWA site at: https://astrotourismwa.com.au/towns/.

Please read the 2023 Astrofest Astrophotography Competition terms and conditions before entering.

There are numerous eligible localities to enter the Best Astrotourism WA Nightscape Award, including:

  • Shire of Ashburton
  • Shire of Carnamah
  • Shire of Carnarvon
  • Shire of Chittering
  • Shire of Dandaragan
  • Shire of Lake Grace
  • Shire of Northam
  • Shire of Mingenew
  • Shire of Morawa
  • Shire of Narembeen
  • Shire of Narrogin
  • Shire of Perenjori
  • Shire of Shark Bay
  • Shire of Three Springs
  • Shire of Upper Gascoyne
  • Shire of West Arthur
  • Shire of Wickepin
  • Shire of Wongan-Ballidu

These Local Governments have been instrumental in supporting an effort to raise awareness about WA’s incredible dark night sky.

Over 50 new places for astrophotography and stargazing have been mapped out for each location to encourage visitors to experience WA’s amazing dark country night sky. In a world where light pollution is destroying our view of the stars, WA’s Local Governments have recognised the important value of our natural asset and are working hard to protect and maintain it for generations to come.

We’re all looking forward to seeing your entries into the Best Astrotourism WA Nightscape Award. They will showcase the beauty and wonder of the dark night sky in country WA.

Ready to be inspired?

Who were the winners of the 2022 Astrofest Astrophotography Competition?