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Earth and Sky
Highlighting the link between the Earth and our astronomical neighbourhood, entries to this category must show part of the surface of the Earth with one or more of the Galilean Objects in the sky above. You can include any aspect of Earth: sweeping landscapes, buildings or even people. Use of a telescope is not permitted in this category. Photos in this category must have the Flickr tags: "competition" and "earthandsky".

Beyond Earth
Let's get closer to those far off astronomical objects. Entries to this category must show one or more of the Galilean Objects, but not show any aspect of the Earth. Use of a telescope up to 20cm (or 8 inches) is permitted in this category. Photos in this category must have the Flickr tags: "competition" and "beyondearth".


In each category, there is one winner, one runner-up and one highly commended entry selected by the judges. From the winners of each category, the judges also selected one overall winner for an additional prize. The prizes are as follows:

Overall Winner: iPod Touch player with Star Walk software
The most amazing, high quality, dynamic and realistic stargazing guide on Earth. It simply makes astronomy easy for everybody. Observe the stars, planets, constellations, meteors showers and all sky objects from your favourite place on earth. No matter where you are or where you would like to be, with the new earth view feature in Star Walk you can choose where to be! Star Walk new edition offers a 3D view of the earth with which you can choose and change at your leisure your stars spotting points.

Star Walk Software
iPod Touch

Category Winners: A Celestron SkyScout
About the size of a camcorder and weighing less than 300 grams, the SkyScout utilizes a consumer-friendly "point and shoot" GPS technology that enables stargazers to instantly identify and/or locate over 50,000 celestial objects in the sky with the press of a button and listen to commentary on the object and its history. The SkyScout also has a "locate" feature that allows users to select an object they wish to view (i.e. Mars) and the SkyScout, using illuminated arrows in the viewfinder, will point the user to the object.

Celestron SkyScout
Donated by ESA:

Runner-up: Celestron FirstScope
The FirstScope is an ideal entry level astronomical telescope. This quality Dobsonian style telescope features a 76 mm aperture reflector optical tube, it is very easy to observe with, the user simply navigates the night sky by moving the tube in the direction of their desired object, making the viewing experience a snap! The compact design makes it easy enough to take with you on your next outdoor adventure. The FirstScope is also stylish enough to be a decorative fixture on your bookshelf or desk. The FirstScope is a wonderful keepsake for anyone interested in astronomy.

Highly Commended: Sky Atlas
The standard against which all other star atlases are measured! Each version of Sky Atlas 2000.0 contains 26 charts covering the whole sky and showing 81,312 single, multiple, and variable stars of magnitude 8.5 and brighter and 2,700 deep-sky objects. Includes close-up charts of such areas as the celestial poles and the Virgo-Coma galaxy region, as well as an acetate coordinate-grid overlay for determining accurate positions. A must for any stargazer!

Sky Atlas