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Offline swashy

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Widefield Competition - *RESULTS*
« on: 23:55:25, 18 January, 2014 »

Widefield Imaging Competition 2013 - *RESULTS*

The results are in!

We had a fabulous response to the Widefield Imaging Competition 2013, with a fantastic array of entries to choose from, the UKAI Team of Moderators and Admin would like to thank all of our members who entered the competition with your wonderful images, as it has been a real pleasure to work through the entries and draw up a shortlist of finalists for the competition top prize.

The standard of entries has been astounding, and it is very refreshing to see the night sky captured in all of it's dynamism within a widefield format, the entries are a great example of what is capable with standard camera equipment without the use of telescopes, and serves as a reminder to all of us that great images of the night sky are available to all.

Anyway, enough of my waffling, as I'm sure you all want to see the results, but first I would like to thank our sponsor Altair Astro for kindly donating the top prize, and also for making the most important decision of choosing the outright winner, runner-up, and (joint) 3rd positions from our shortlist of six images;

The shortlist chosen by the UKAI Team was as follows; (in no particular order)- and said in my best Dermot O'Leary voice!))

Arizona Milkyway - Lee Majors

November Milkyway- Pete Vasey

Orion and Nebulosity - Ian Stratton

Cornish Milkyway - John Bell (plum)

Hyades/Pleiades (HyPlei) - Pete Vasey

Zenith  Milkyway - Tapio (Einari)

Sincere Congratulations to all those who made the shortlist!, it really was a tough process to have to narrow it down to just six finalists.....

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So without any further ado....  here are the FINAL results....










WINNING IMAGE - Cornish Milkyway by John Bell

Congratulations to John!,
This image was chosen because John managed to capture the full arc of the MW from the UK, and the skyline has a lot of context linking earth to sky, a fabulous image I'm sure you will all agree!

Runner-Up Image

An excellent runner up, and a very tough decision as 2nd as it's pretty close, and the standard is very high, plenty of colour and drama there, even the tree in the foreground contributes to the shot, very well done Ian!

Joint 3rd Image

We all loved this Milky Way shot which is technically very good, and shows a lot of stars and nebulosity , well done Lee!

Joint 3rd Image

This was a tall order, literally! We really liked the observatory in the shot with the tall star clouds above the dome, showing the connection between sky and observer, great image Peter!

John wins an iOptron SkyTracker

iOptron SkyTrackerTM v2 DSLR Tracking Mount with Polar-Scope

Congratulations & Thanks to all....

All images entered into the competition were of a very high standard, the UKAI team would like to thank all of you, the members, for your continued contributions, not just to this competition, but to your invalued support of UKAI, without you all we could not exist, it is YOU that makes UKAI what it is, and we hope to be able to continue to provide you with a friendly, informative and fun Astro-imaging forum long into the future

I'm sure you will all join us in congratulating all the finalists, and the winner in the UKAI Widefield Competition!  - looking forward to the next one already!

Best Regards

Ade & the UKAI Team   8)


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Re: Widefield Competition - *RESULTS*
« Reply #1 on: 00:28:29, 19 January, 2014 »
Congratulations to all, very well done. Those are some excellent images.

Thanks also to the mods and admin for running/organising the competition and last but not least to the sponsors - Altair Astro.

Well done one and all


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Re: Widefield Competition - *RESULTS*
« Reply #2 on: 00:39:47, 19 January, 2014 »
Wow I can't believe it. I'm so chuffed, and proud to be in such great company. Everyone's a winner in my view. Thanks to all on UK Astro Imaging team

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Re: Widefield Competition - *RESULTS*
« Reply #3 on: 10:01:06, 19 January, 2014 »
Congratulations to the six and especially to the 1st winner. Well done ...

I reckon it was no easy task to judge. When I had been asked years ago in a local astronomy club to judge their annual photo contest, I made everybody the judge by making the decision by a voting system. As a colour blind (!) single judge I would have felt not competent enough to do it on my own.  :yakillinme:

So a "thank you" again for the judge team and the price donor as well.  :urock:

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Re: Widefield Competition - *RESULTS*
« Reply #4 on: 11:24:05, 19 January, 2014 »
Congratulations to the winners and especially the 1st place winner that is a really lovely image.

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Re: Widefield Competition - *RESULTS*
« Reply #5 on: 11:58:21, 19 January, 2014 »
Well done, John  :urock:

I have to say that despite being a competitor myself, I picked out John's image as the probable winner.    Beautiful image.
Also well done the judges (and thanks for placing me!)


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Re: Widefield Competition - *RESULTS*
« Reply #6 on: 12:02:25, 19 January, 2014 »
Well done to all who participated.... and YES it was a tough decision....

The quality of the pictures submitted have been superb - congratulations to EVERYONE.

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Re: Widefield Competition - *RESULTS*
« Reply #7 on: 13:02:38, 19 January, 2014 »
Congratulations John, 

Well done to the finalists & to all who entered.   
Was a tough decision to pick a winner out of them all.

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Re: Widefield Competition - *RESULTS*
« Reply #8 on: 19:35:09, 19 January, 2014 »
1st loser... gutted :(
Congratulations John!
I'll echo the comments of others and say that looking through the entries the standard and variety were excellent, thanks to the sponsers for giving us all a reason to shoot these images and to the mods for sorting the wheat from the chaff to come up with a winner :)

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Re: Widefield Competition - *RESULTS*
« Reply #9 on: 11:22:13, 20 January, 2014 »
Congratulations John,   I agree that this was the best image.  very well done.  Im also glad the judging team picked an image taken from the UK
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Re: Widefield Competition - *RESULTS*
« Reply #10 on: 13:02:38, 20 January, 2014 »
Thanks all. It's seeing the stuff here on UKAI that gets us all out there trying to do better. (To Pete and astrogeordie in particular - I'm also glad to be an astrogeordie. The skies here in Milton Keynes aren't any better than those I grew up with in Wallsend)

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Re: Widefield Competition - *RESULTS*
« Reply #11 on: 11:35:17, 22 January, 2014 »
Huge congratulations John - a very worthy winner indeed sir  :clap: :clap:

Also, just to echo what's already been said... in my mind everyone who entered is a winner, as to us in the mod/admin team it proves it's all worth while  :yes: :urock:

John - I'm the one responsible for getting the prize out to you.  PM sent with an update  ;)


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« Reply #12 on: 09:34:51, 27 January, 2014 »
Congratulations to the winner

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Re: Widefield Competition - *RESULTS*
« Reply #13 on: 20:42:52, 28 January, 2014 »
I have just been looking at these gorgeous images. They make me feel very humble when I look, at the starry heavens in this way. I like the way all the imagers have tried to capture the sky with a natural earthy scene.

They are wonderful.

Well done one and all. And. Congratulations to John Bell  :thumbup:

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Re: Widefield Competition - *RESULTS*
« Reply #14 on: 08:45:28, 29 January, 2014 »
Thank you for nomination.
Like all the awarded.

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