Saturday, April 03, 2010

The winners of this year's International Earth and Sky photography contest

The winner: 'Temple Night' by Chris Kotsiopoulos, presents a panoramic view from the Poseidon temple in Cape Sounion of Greece with a starry sky in one direction and immense light pollution of Athens toward the other horizon

Observatory and Capital' by Mahdi Zamani: The Iranian night sky photographer made this panoramic image from Byurakan Observatory near Yerevan, the capital of Armenia

Lights of Los Angeles' by Ali Douraghy: This panoramic photo shows the lights of this metropolitan as seen from the Griffith Observatory. Judge David Malin, said: 'What a spectacular waste of energy! And what a spectacle, all the way to Santa Catalina Island.'

First prize in the Beauty of Night Sky category - 'Full Moon Rainbow' (left). The photo is taken from the Yosemite Falls of California in a moonlit night. 'Starry Night of Croatia' (right). This wide-angle photo is taken in black and white mode and shows the starry sky above Sjeverni Velebit National Park in Croatia

'Lights vs .Stars' by Fredrik Broms: This image is taken near Kvaloya in Norway

'Light House and Stars' (left) was a runner-up. The photo was taken from coast of Oregon in USA, framing a seaside starry night and strong rays from a light house 'Stargazers' (right) was taken during a public observing night above a hill overlooking Targoviste, Romania

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