Announcing that the 2022 New Zealand Astrophotography Competition is now open for entries.

Alyn Wallace will judge this year’s competition; Alyn is arguably one of the world’s top Astro, landscape, and timelapse photographers. He was featured on the BBC Two “Moonshot” documentary to mark the anniversary of the moon landings, where he set out to take his ultimate image of the moon and celebrate Wales’s Dark Sky Reserves. Alyn’s work has been recognized by NASA, National Geographic, the BBC, and The Times.
Alyn shares his knowledge through Astrovlogs on his YouTube channel and hosts astrophotography workshops. He loves to share the love of astrophotography and the night sky via his public speaking. In 2021, Alyn quit his Mechanical design engineer job and became a full-time Astrophotographer.
Alyn is also publishing a book titled “Photographing the Night Sky,” which includes some of the best locations where he has been for astrophotography.

For more information on our judge, please look at his work on his website here. –

The competition has four main categories:
2. Nightscape
3. Solar system

Please read over the rules and conditions of entry before submitting your entries.

Like previous years, the competition is sponsored by the Australian Sky & Telescope magazine, with a free 12-month subscription. The nightscape and deep-sky category winners will have their images printed in the magazine.

We are also lucky to be sponsored by Skywatcher & Celestron Australia. Here is a list of prizes provided by our amazing sponsors.

Star Adventurer 2i Photo Kit Valued at AUD 549 to the competition’s overall winner, provided by Skywatcher Australia.…/sky-watcher-star…
Nature DX 12×56 Binoculars – Valued at $490 AUD to the winner of the Deep Sky category, provided by Celestron Australia.…/nature-dx-12×56-binoculars
A $300 AstroNZ gift voucher for the solar system category winner, sponsored by AstroNZ. They are easily New Zealand’s best known and most trusted supplier of Astronomical instruments.

Sky labs New Zealand is sponsoring each category with some fantastic products –
Deep-Sky – Skylabs NZ Cheshire Eyepiece 2″ – Improved Sensitivity tri-Bahtinov Mask
Solar System – Skylabs NZ Cheshire Eyepiece 2″ – Improved Sensitivity tri-Bahtinov Mask
Nightscape – Enhanced Bahtinov Focusing Mask – Polar Alignment Adapter
Time-lapse – Enhanced Bahtinov Focusing Mask – Polar Alignment Adapter

The Auckland Astronomical Society will also provide a cash prize for each category winner. The last date for submitting your entries is the 21st of September 2022. The competition awards will be announced at the Burbidge dinner, Which is the Auckland Astronomical Society’s premier annual event; keep an eye out on the society website for details of the forthcoming Burbidge dinner.

This year, the entries will be submitted via Google Form, so no more downloading and signing entry forms.

We are looking forward to seeing all your images and wishing you all clear skies.
For the last few years, Jonathan Green has organized the New Zealand Astrophotography competition. Ever since he took over, we’ve seen increasing entries and he took the competition to another level. This year, he has decided to hand the organizing onto me, and I will be organizing the competition for the next few years. It’s my goal to improve the competition and take it to even greater heights in the future.
Via – Amit Ashok Kamble (organizer of the 2022 New Zealand Astrophotography Competition)