The 2021 Astrofest Astrophotography Competition is just around the corner! And now is a perfect time to be out and about taking images and getting ready to enter!

There are a variety of competition categories you can choose to enter. Astrotourism WA is proud to be sponsoring the award for the Best Astrotourism WA Nightscape.

The 2020 inaugural winner of the Best Astrotourism WA Nightscape was Luke Hetherington with his stunning image of “Windmill and the Stars” taken in the Shire of Lake Grace.

Milky Way and Windmill

See more of Luke’s work here

Who will be the 2021 Winner of the Best Astrotourism WA Nightscape?

It’s time to get those cameras out and start capturing the beauty of WA’s dark night sky and stunning landscapes across our Astrotourism WA Town destinations. 

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

To qualify to enter an image into the Best Astrotourism WA Nightscape Award a photograph must:

  • be taken by a resident of Western Australia;
  • be taken in one of the Astrotourism Town Shire/Local Government localities (listed below); and
  • feature terrestrial elements located in the Astrotourism WA Local Government locality

The 2020 Astrofest Astrophotography Competition terms and conditions are available to read for reference. Please note that there may be some slight changes for the new competition in 2021.

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

  • City of Greater Geraldton-Mullewa
  • Shire of Carnamah
  • Shire of Chittering
  • Shire of Coorow
  • Shire of Dandaragan
  • Shire of Lake Grace
  • Shire of Northam
  • Shire of Mingenew
  • Shire of Moora
  • Shire of Morawa
  • Shire of Perenjori
  • Shire of Three Springs
  • Shire of Wagin
  • Shire of West Arthur
  • Shire of Wongan-Ballidu

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

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.

Prizes for the award will be announced when entry opens later this year.

Ready to be inspired?

Winners from the 2020 Astrofest Astrophotography Competition are presented in a beautiful online catalogue.