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National Science Foundation

Enter and you could win $2,500

From the National Science Foundation, Division of Astronomical Sciences

Give us your best shot!

Submit stunning images of Comet ISON for impressive cash prizes!
Astronomers predict ISON will be one of the best comets in decades. To commemorate this grand sky event, head out this fall to capture your finest images of Comet ISON, and you could win cash prizes and have your photo featured in Astronomy magazine.
Winning Entries
The photo contest runs October 15, 2013, through January 15, 2014.
Through the Scope
Tripod and Camera
Piggyback Camera

Contact the National Science Foundation

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  • The contest goes live on October 15, 2013
  • Images must be submitted by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on January 15, 2014
  • Preliminary round of judging begins January 22, 2014 and ends January 29, 2014
  • Semi-final round judging begins February 5, 2014 and ends on February 12, 2014
  • Community choice voting and final round of judging begins February 16, 2014 and ends on February 26, 2014
  • Winners will be announced in the June issue of Astronomy magazine

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Prize Information

Contest winners will be awarded cash prizes from $1000 to $2500. The prizes will be awarded as checks made out to the registered individual

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