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Astrophotography Contest

Theme : Wonders above & beyond


Astrophotography, also known as astronomical imaging, is an art of capturing astronomical objects, celestial events and area of the night sky. The first photographed astronomical object was the Moon and it was taken in 1840. Besides being able to record the details of extended objects such as the Moon, Sun, and planets, astrophotography has the ability to image objects invisible to the human eye such as dim stars, nebulae, and galaxies.


Astronomical photography was one of the earliest types of scientific photography and almost from its inception it diversified into subdisciplines that each have a specific goal including star cartography, astrometry, stellar classification, photometry, spectroscopy, polarimetry, and the discovery of astronomical objects such as asteroids, meteors, comets, variable stars, novae, and even unknown planets.


Nonetheless still one of the most underrated forms of photography, Astrophotography is a beautiful yet a daunting art form. It is an amalgamation of passion, dedication, hard-work, skill, and above all, patience.

Only a handful of us take the effort to find that perfectly dark and pristine night sky, despite the ever-increasing  light pollution and unpredictable weather conditions.  It requires us to endure through countless nights of capturing images for an object we can barely see through a naked eye. All of this and more for that single flawless picture.


This intense form of devotion and hardwork surely deserves a better platform for appreciation and interested audience to see the wonders of universe. We have been getting an overwhelming response for the Nature and Wildlife Photography Contests and Exhibitions and we are excited to announce our first ever Astrophotography Contest! 

Submit your best shots of the Milky Way, Startrails, Meteor showers, or any other astronomical events and help our viewers to explore the unseen beauty of the Universe!



Arvind Paranjpye

Director - Nehru Planetarium centre. His journey started with a photographic lab of Indian institute of astrophysics, Bangalore to being awarded by Astronomical society, as part of the team who discovered an new asteroid, 4130 Ramanujan in 1988. Another asteroid 17446 was named after his 3 team members in 1990.

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Umesh Gogna

An avid photographer, has been travelling to the mountains for 15 yrs for landscape and Astrophotography. Inspiring and educating aspiring photographer for more than 250 workshops. He is also involved in commercial photography for more than 2 decades.

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Rupal Vaidya


A passionate wildlife photographer with special focus on Astro-landscape, milkyway and star trails. Some of his work has been published in Sanctuary Asia, BBC, Indo-German Bio-diversity Project for Germany. He is also associated with DCP as a Panel expert.

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Saleel Gharpure

A zealous photographer with experience of a decade. Recognised on several platforms for his photography. Founder of Srushti Exhibitions and Urban Trails. 

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