Explore Alliance Solar System Astrophotography Contest

The Explore Alliance is excited to be the host of the Solar System Astrophotography Contest to recognize the excellent work of the imagers in our membership ranks.

For this contest, we are looking for the best of the best in solar system (the sun, the moon, planets, asteroids, meteors, etc.)

astrophotography. This means the focus of each entry must be the Sun. Entrants may enter a MAXIMUM of two photos into the contest.

  • 1st Place winner will receive a $100 Explore Scientific gift card, an upgrade to their EA membership if applicable, and an 18x24 mounted print of their winning image.

  • 2nd Place winner will receive a $75 Explore Scientific gift card, an upgrade to their EA membership if applicable, and an 18x24 mounted print of their winning image.

  • 3rd Place winner will receive a $50 Explore Scientific gift card, an upgrade to their EA membership if applicable, and an 18x24 mounted print of their winning image.

  • Never-Before-Seen Award for a first-time entrant. The winner will receive an upgrade to their EA membership if applicable, and an 18x24 mounted print of their winning image.

Entries are being accepted through 11:59 p.m. CDT Oct. 1, 2021.
Before entry, please be aware of the following rules/requirements:


• Each entrant must be an Explore Alliance member. If you are not already a member, you can join for free, or at a paid level, at https://explorescientificusa.com/products/explore-alliance-membership.

• Entrants must identify equipment and imaging data in the appropriate sections on the form below.

• Each entry MUST be the original work of the entrant. By entering you are stating that the image is your property and work that original to you.

• Although the contest entry period runs through Oct. 31, 2021, images taken outside of the contest time period ARE eligible for entry.

• The size of any submitted image should be between 2MB and 20MB.

• Entrants must read and agree to abide by the rules and photo release at the time of submission. These are included on the form below.

• Entrants may enter a MAXIMUM of two photos into the contest. However, each photo must be submitted on a separate form.


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