The judging of the 2016 Central West Astronomical Society’s Astrophotography Awards, “the David Malin Awards,” has finally been completed. A total of 28 finalists have been shortlisted. The winners, including the Overall Winner, the category winners, the honorable mentions and the highly commended, will be announced  during the 2016 CWAS AstroFest on July 16 in Parkes, New South Wales, Australia.

This is the highlight of the AstroFest 2016, which will be held from July 16 to July 17. This year, the entries in eight categories were judged by David Malin, a world-famous astrophotographer. Malin did not know whose photograph he was evaluating.

Astrophotography is the art of taking images of any object in space, from the Milky Way to the moon. The competition’s winners are not simply judged on their technical skill, they are also considered for their ability to completely capture the beauty of the sky and the interest of astronomy.

AstroFest 2016

“The Milky Way over Bonnie Doon” by Neil Creek

“These awards showcase the extraordinary beauty of our night sky and wonderful night time landscapes, especially as they come alive in exhibition prints,” points out Canon Australia’s General Manager Alan Brightman. “With patience, commitment and good equipment, these photographers capture breathtaking images.”

AstroFest 2016

“Arctic Nights” by Judith Conning

The Photo Editor’s Choice category was judged by Jeff Darmanin, a photo editor at News Corp Australia. Darmanin also gave his pick from each category and an overall winner.

The astrophotographic exhibition from 2015’s Astrophotography Awards were seen by more than 205,000 people all over Australia. This year, viewers can see the exhibition at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory’s Visitor’s Centre for a whole year starting from July 17.

AstroFest 2016

“Jet Stream” by Peter Ward

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences will organize a second touring exhibition, travelling to several places in the country starting with the Sydney Observatory on August 13.

To view the full list of the finalists and their photos of AstroFest 2016, check out The Central West Astronomical Society’s website here.