Win a trip to Paranal in the Photo Nightscape Awards 2014

Ciel et Espace Photos in partnership with ESO launches a new astrophotography competition

7 March 2014

ESO invites you to take part in the first edition of the Photo Nightscape Awards (PNA) —  an international photo nightscape competition to celebrate astrophotography. As a partner in the competition organised by Ciel et Espace Photos, ESO will award the winner of the professional category with a trip to Paranal, home of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) and part of the Paranal-Armazones complex, which is under construction.

For this first edition of the awards, the categories “Pro” and “Espoir” (Hope) will be available. The Pro category is open to all photographers from across the world who have already published or sold any photographs, whereas the category Espoir is for photographers that hold French nationality and who have previously neither sold nor published their photographs.

Those who wish to take part in the competition should submit a registration form and, if they are under age, a parental consent form. For detailed information, check the rules of the competition on the dedicated web page. Announcements will be made on the PNA Facebook page.

The awards will be presented on 9 November 2014 at Les rencontres du Ciel et de l’Espace (RCE) — a three-day conference for amateur and professional astronomers at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris, France.

Important dates:

  • All photos must have been taken between 1 January 2014 and 31 August 2014.
  • The deadline for submitting the photos is 31 August 2014.
  • The awards will be announced 9 November 2014.
  • The winner will travel to Paranal in the (Northern) spring of 2015.



Oana Sandu
Community Coordinator
ESO education and Public Outreach Department
Tel: +49 89 320 069 65

Franck Seguin
Photo Nightscape Awards
17 rue E. Deutsch de la Meurthe
75014 Paris, France
Tel: 33 1 45 89 89 08

About the Announcement



Poster for the Photo Nightscape Awards
Poster for the Photo Nightscape Awards