Derry photographer’s moon shot in the running for prestigious award

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A Derry photographer is in the running for three prestigious awards for his space pictures.

Patryk Sadowski, from Derry city, has been shortlisted for awards in three categories of the ‘Reach for the Stars’ astrophotography competition run by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.

Mr Sadowski has three photographs in the competition.

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His image ‘Crescent Moon Over Donegal’ has been shortlisted in the ‘Out of this World’ category while two of his images, ‘Poisoned Glen Bridge & Milky Way’ and ‘Manannán mac Lir & Aurora’, have been shortlisted in the competition’s ‘Back on Earth’ category.

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

Dr. Eucharia Meehan, CEO and Registrar of DIAS, said: “The online public vote to select the winner of the Public Choice Award brings Irish astrophotography to a much wider audience.

“Every year we see a large amount of the public engaging with it and voting for their favourite image. It will be a difficult task for people to choose a favourite from the shortlisted entries – and for the judging panel to select an overall winner.”

Dr Meehan added: “I’m looking forward to seeing the online gallery and what this year’s photographers have captured in our night sky. I’m so impressed by the level of creativity and skill we have amongst photographers in Derry and right across the country.”

Professor Peter Gallagher, also of DIAS, said: “I’m delighted to return for a third year of judging for the ‘Reach for the Stars’ competition. Each year we have seen exceptional standards from Irish astro-photographers. Photographers have shown great creativity and technical skill capturing everything, from stars and galaxies that are millions of light years away to stunning scenery back on earth.”

He added: “We hope the people of Derry will get involved again this year and cast their vote for their favourite image.”

Further information, including the online gallery and background information on the competition, is available here.


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