Castlerea photographer shortlisted in astrophotography competition

Astro-photographer David Patton from Castlerea, Co Roscommon has been shortlisted in the ‘Back on Earth – Landmark’ category of the prestigious ‘Reach for the Stars’ astrophotography competition for this image, ‘Bridge Over Untroubled Waters’.

David Patton from Castlerea, Co Roscommon has been selected for the next stage of the prestigious ‘Reach for the Stars’ astrophotography competition, run by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS). The competition aims to find the best astro-photographs taken in Ireland over the past year.

Mr Patton has been shortlisted in the ‘Back on Earth – Landmark’ category for his image, ‘Bridge Over Untroubled Waters’.

While a high profile judging panel will select the overall winning entries in the coming weeks, an online vote is also open so members of the public can also have their say.

All shortlisted images can now be viewed on the ‘Reach for the Stars’ website, www.reachforthestars.ie, and members of the public can cast their vote for their favourite image.

Entrants were invited to submit entries across five distinct categories in the competition: Night Sky in Your Hand, Out of this World, Out of this World, Back on Earth, and Back on Earth.

The winning images selected by the judging panel and the public vote will be announced in July, and an outdoor exhibition will be staged by DIAS to showcase the best images.

Votes for the Public Choice Award are restricted to one vote per person, and voting will close at midday on Friday, 5th of July 2024.

DIAS’s ‘Reach for the Stars’ competition is being run in partnership with The Irish Times, and is sponsored by Alice Public Relations and the Astronomical Observatories of Ireland. The Irish Astronomical Society are initiative supporters.

Further information, including the online gallery and background information on the competition, is available www.reachforthestars.ie