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Lampeter Student makes astronomy awards shortlist

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-14-31-58KATHERINE (EVA) YOUNG, a MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology distance student in the Sophia Centre at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s campus in Lampeter, has made the shortlist for the 2016 Insight Astronomy of the Year Photographer Competition for her photograph ‘Rise Lunation’. 

This year’s Insight Astronomy of the Year Photographer Competition had over 4,500 entries and only 140 photographs were shortlisted. Katherine’s photo submission, Rise Lunation, included her quote:

‘There is little clarity through the atmospherics that can intensify horizons – to portray it as such would be unnatural. As the Moon emerges, I relish the ripples and surprising shimmers – it extends and reaches through its seeming climb, out of this world! The Moon is rising and at an altitude of +8, an azimuth of 75 and 98% illuminated. It is a day after being full and now on the returning wane’.

Dr Marek Kukula, Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and competition judge said: “It’s the sheer variety of images that impressed the judges this year. It’s been wonderful to see the entrants really pushing the boundaries, both in terms of extreme technical achievement and also in the originality and artistry of their subjects and compositions.”

Turner prize-winning artist Wolfgang Tillmans and Oana Sandu of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) join the judging panel this year, and the overall winner will be announced on September 15 at a special ceremony at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

UWTSD’s Sophia Centre Director, Dr Nicholas Campion, said: “We are all very proud of Eva. Astronomical photography helps us reconnect with the power of the sky and reminds that visual images can be as important as words in academic work.”

Earlier this year, Katherine conceived the Sophia Centre’s first student photo competition ‘Adventures in Time and Place’, which allowed the Sophia Centre’s students a forum for sharing and discussing their participation in visual culture, skyscapes and places via time and space. In April 2014, Katherine won UWTSD’s INSPIRE Photography competition for her photo titled ‘Making the Invisible, Visible’.

The Insight Astronomy of the Year Photographer Competition is in its eighth year and is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

The winners’ exhibition will be open to the public starting on September 17 at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

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