MAC AstroPhoto Contest Rules


  • AstroPhoto Contest Rules (pdf)
  • Entry forms are submitted through a Google form. This entry form will be emailed out approximately 1-2 weeks before the contest. A separate entry form is required for each entry.


  • Each category will be judged separately.
  • Selection of a winning in each category shall be by a vote of the current Organization members present. If there are 5 or more entries in a category, then a runner up will also be selected.
  • In case of a tie, a single runoff shall be held between the entries with the highest number of votes. If the runoff results in a tie, the tied entries shall be declared joint winners.
  • Winning entries from each quarter's contest (spring, summer, fall) will be entered into the Grand Finale Contest at the end of the year.
  • In the case of a rules dispute, the Astro Photo Contest Coordinator shall make the final decision.

Image files should be named to represent the image contained therein and the date of the image and the category. For example, if an image is of M31 taken on April 1, 2005, the file should be named as OPEN_M31_April_1_2005. The image name shall be included on the Astrophoto Entry Form.

Slides shall be labeled so that they may be placed in the slide projector in the proper orientation. The labeling should include, "TOP" and "Toward Screen (TS).

All images remain the property of the owner (photographer, member).