Prizes

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Catch a Star Researchers Catch a Star Adventurers Catch a Star Artists

(prizes chosen by jury)

1st prize (travel*):

Visit to the ESO La Silla Paranal Observatory (Chile).
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2nd prizes (travel*):

Visit to Königsleiten Observatory (Austria).
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Visit to the Hispano-German Astronomical Observatory of Calar Alto in Almeria (Spain)**.
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Additional prizes:

10 packs of: astronomy DVD-ROMs, "Catch a Star" T-shirts, and attractive astronomy posters

(prizes chosen by lottery)

10 astronomy DVD-ROMs

10 sets of attractive ESO astronomy posters

10 sets of "Catch a Star" T-shirts

Special Artwork Prize:
(awarded by astronomical artist Garry Harwood)

An astronomy DVD-ROM and a copy of the book "Space Art: How to Draw and Paint Planets, Moons, and Landscapes of Alien Worlds" by Michael Carroll.
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Prizes chosen with the help of
a public web-based vote:

10 sets of attractive ESO astronomy posters

50 "Catch a Star" T-shirts

* travel prizes are only available to teams from Europe and Chile, whose participants must be at least 15 years of age on 29 February 2008.

** this prize is kindly donated by the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).

Non-winning entries in the Catch a Star Researchers competition automatically participate in the Catch a Star Adventurers competition.

All entrants will receive a formal certificate of participation.

Visit to La Silla Paranal Observatory

Visit to the observatory site of ESO's Very Large Telescope on Paranal, Chile. Flight from the nearest international airport, travel in Chile to the ESO site, accommodation and meals for the duration of the trip (1 week).

Here you will meet some of the ESO astronomers and be present during a night of observations at the world's most advanced optical/infrared telescope.

Watch a video on YouTube made by last year's winners of the trip to Paranal.

Visit to Königsleiten Observatory

Visit to Königsleiten Observatory (Austria). Flight from the nearest international airport to Munich, travel to the Königsleiten Observatory, accommodation and meals for the duration of the trip (3 days).

The Königsleiten Public Observatory and Planetarium is located in the Austrian Alps, 1800 metres above sea level. This site of great natural beauty is also one of the best for astronomical observations in continental Europe.

Visit to Calar Alto

A visit to the Hispano-German Astronomical Observatory of Calar Alto in Almeria (Spain) (1 week). This prize is kindly donated by the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).

Special Artwork Prize

For the first time, we are delighted to announce that astronomical artist Garry L. Harwood, a Fellow and life member of the International Association of Astronomy Artists will be awarding a Special Prize in the Catch a Star 'Artists' competition. This will be awarded to the most impressive entry from all ages, as judged by Mr Harwood. The winning entry will receive an astronomy DVD-ROM and a copy of the book "Space Art: How to Draw and Paint Planets, Moons, and Landscapes of Alien Worlds" by Michael Carroll.

Criteria for the prize

Mr Harwood says that,

"In judging the submitted artworks I will be looking in particular for those pieces within each age group that are in some way striking or unusual (and not necessarily 'realistic') which in my opinion also show a high degree of originality, independent thinking and creativity on the part of the artist."

About Garry L. Harwood

Garry L. Harwood was born in 1959 in London, England, where he still lives. He initially studied for a career as a marine biologist and physical oceanographer but following two decades in the jewellery industry he returned to his roots to forge a new career and make painting his profession.

His interest in the natural and physical sciences and the role played by the artist in the visualization of scientific data and its communication to the public occasionally influences his art. In this guise his astronomical work has appeared on television and at professional conferences and public musea and planetaria. He has exhibited in Chile and the USA, in the UK with the Royal Society of Marine Artists, and in Spain with the International Association of Astronomical Artists of which he is a Fellow and life member.

See more at Mr Harwood's website, Available Light Studios.