RASC 2018—Imaging and Imagining Your Skies

RASC—Eyes on the Universe for 150 Years


Imaging and Imagining Your Skies:
An astrophotography and creative arts contest

Beloved Canadian astronomer Helen S. Hogg entitled her popular book, The Stars Belong to Everyone. In that spirit during our 2018 sesquicentennial year, the RASC invites you to explore your skies and share the creativity they inspire in you, whether through photography, sketching, or other artistic expressions.

We particularly welcome and encourage novices of all ages to participate in our contest!

Our contest name says it all: we want you to image what you observe, through photography, or sketching at the eyepiece, or painting, print making, textile art, collage, stained glass, sculpture, garden design, or other media  through the exercise of your creative imagining.

Milky Way
©Joseph Carr, Milky Way
The contest is open to anyone—member and non-member alike—who wishes to help celebrate the RASC’s 150th year. We will go live with the contest on January 1, 2018 and it will run right through to the 31st of December. Final winners will be announced in early January of 2019.

The contest is easy to join and to actively participate in.  There will be a link to the contest that you will find here on our website, and on other RASC social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Starting January 1st, submitting an entry will be as easy as clicking on the SUBMIT HERE button, which will take you to the entry page.  We will ask for a bit of information, and a description of your submission and then you can just download your photographs to the website.

©Dr. Dorothy Paul, eclipse
There will be two concurrent contest streams:

  • one for entries of astrophotographs, and sketches done at the eyepiece


  • the other for entries in other media.

This contest welcomes those of all levels of experience, and to facilitate the participation of all, each of the concurrent streams is divided into three experience categories:

  • Novice, for those new to astrophotography and sketching at the eyepiece in 2018;
  • Intermediate, for those who have under five years of experience in astrophotography, sketching,  or some other medium; and
  • Experienced, for those who have been working with astrophotography, sketching or another medium for more than five years.

As an entrant, you can self-select for your level of experience.

©Wendy McDonald, quilt
(photo: W.J. McDonald)
Once you have submitted an entry, it will be checked by a volunteer to ensure that it is suitable for viewing, and then it will be open for public viewing on our contest page. You will be able to submit up to 10 entries per quarter year.

The pubic will be invited to vote for their favorite entries within each category all year long. Starting January 1st, you will find a VOTE HERE! button on the front page of the contest.  Votes in each section will be totalled for quarterly recognition.  At the end of the year the public will vote on the highly ranked quarterly submissions.  Additionally, an expert panel of RASC members will choose their favourites.

We will not have expensive prizes to give away, but winners in each category will be recognized with plaques, as well as inclusion in one of the RASC's regular publications. And, of course, your photographs and creative ideas will be viewed on-line all throughout the year.

So, plan to go outside during the day for solar viewing, or at night to view Canadian or other skies all throughout 2018, and submit your observations and creative accomplishments to our contest.

We will post more information, rules, and guidelines for the contest here on this 150th Anniversary Imaging and Imagining Contest webpage shortly.

For more information, please contact either Lauri Roche, or Jim Hesser.



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Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 8:49am