The first WADAS Photography Competition…!

To celebrate the upcoming 10th birthday of Wakefield and District Astronomical Society (WADAS), we are launching an astrophotography competition for Wakefield Express readers.

Having been formed 10 years ago this coming October, WADAS members have been observing and photographing the skies around Wakefield and West Yorkshire, as well as hosting lots of local, and not so local, astronomy experts giving us insightful lectures on lots of different areas of Astronomy ever since. We have up to 10 guest speakers annually, combined with social meet ups once a month, telescope clinics and astrophotography sessions, Christmas quizzes and members only events all running to help the interested amateur improve their knowledge about all matters astronomical. 

We now want Wakefield Express readers to help us celebrate our 10th birthday with an open astrophotography competition.  

we have FIVE categories for you to enter under
  1. Mobile Phone Photography – astrophotography shot with a mobile telephone
  2. Under 16s – astrophotography shot by anyone under the age of 16
  3. Solar System – planetary & comet photography of objects within our solar system
  4. Deep Space / Remote Telescope – Nebulae & galaxies, stars & pulsars… anything outside our solar system
  5. Widefield / Nightscape – aurora, wide field milky way, noctilucent clouds etc

A picture can be submitted into more than one category, but there is a limit of 3 entries per entrant, with the size of the photograph being between 4mb and 15mb

This is a free to enter competition, the image must have been taken in the last 12 months and must be the entrants own work (proof of originals may be required). 

The judges decision is final. 

We encourage participants from all backgrounds and communities to take part in this challenge. We understand that not everyone has the income available to spend on often expensive photography equipment and software, therefore we look forward to seeing all entries, from beginners with smartphone cameras to experienced and keen photographers, both in rural and urban areas of the district.

The prizes

Each Category Winner will receive one years free family membership (under 18’s must be accompanied to meetings by a responsible adult). No cash alternative will be offered.

How will the winners be chosen?

A panel of judges will select images based upon technical skill, diversity, originality and creativity of composition. Judging will be made up of selected WADAS Members. Judges will assess entries to establish category winners and commended photographers, and collectively agree on the overall competition winner.

How to enter

Send your images to by 31 October 2023.  In your email, please include:

  • the title of your photograph
  • where the photograph was taken
  • your name
  • the categories that you are entering your photograph into.

Photographs must be a minimum 4MB – maximum 15MB file.

This competition is subject to our full terms and conditions.