Seltjarnarnes Amateur Astronomer society announces its 2017 astronomy photography of the year contest. We are looking for the best pictures taken by  amateur photographers of one of the magnificent phenomenon we see in the night sky. It can be the Moon, the Milky Way, one of the planets, or even a distant galaxy. The photograph has to be taken in the time period from June 1st, 2017 to April 19th, 2017. A jury chooses the three best pictures and will they be awarded with great prices from Hótel Rangá, BECO and Cintamani. Prices will also be awarded in a junior category for children and teenagers, which include training time in night time photography with an experienced photographer. icelandic

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The jurors are Snorri Þór Tryggvason, Stephane Vetter og Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir.
Last day of submission April 19th at 23:59 – Only 3 pictures per person.


Snorri Þór Tryggvason is a philosopher, designer and cartographer. In the last few years he has become one of the best nighttime photographers in Iceland, not the least thanks to remarkable images and videos of northern lights and other phenomena in the night sky. Snorri´s passion lies in capturing nature’s most beautiful moments whether it´s at day or night, as well as following serious mountain bikers across Iceland and photographing them in action in mountainous landscape. You can read more about Snorri and look at some of his photographs at


Stephane Vetter is an experienced nighttime photographer who has travelled around the world to photograph the world at night. Whether it’s the starry sky, northern lights, solar eclipses, meteor showers or the Milky Way he specialises in imaging the night sky with fantastic landscapes in the foreground. He has won several awards for his photographs, including the best picture in TWAN Earth & Sky Photo contest twice and as Wildlife photographer of the year in 2011. Iceland is his favorite place to photograph the night sky. You can read more about Stephane and look at some of his work here


Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir is a geophysicist who works as a seismologist at Iceland GeoSurvey. She also has a master’s degree in bassoon performance. Her interest in the stars above started when she was a young girl and her favorite subjects are the solar system, nebula and gravitational lenses. In her opinion the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field image is one of the most influential images of human history.