Seltjarnarnes Amateur Astronomer society announces its 2019 astronomy photograph of the year contest. We are looking for the best pictures of one of the magnificent phenomenon we see in the 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 winter season of 2018 – 2019. A jury chooses the three best pictures and they will be awarded with great prizes from our collaborators Hotel Rangá, Reykjavík Foto and Merking.

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*The photo above is the 2017 winning photo. The photographer is Guðjón Ottó Bjarnason.

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Submit photos at Last day of submission is May 15th 20th at 23:59:59 – Only 3 images per person.

The jurors are Snorri Þór Tryggvason, Babak Tafreshi and Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir.

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

Babak Tafreshi is an award winning photographer who works for the National Geographic. He has photographed the night sky from a young age and has traveled far and wide to capture its beauty. He is also a science journalist and the founder of The World at Night, an international group of 40 photographers dedicated to connecting people to the magnificence of the night sky through their photos. You can read more about Babak and his projects as well as browse through his pictures at

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.