When Marvin is sending photos to his pals via flashing signals, they better be impressed. Dull moments spark if you capture them right. There are those 'Oh Wow. Seriously?' moments in the night sky where all you want is to capture the experience. Believe me or not, every space enthusiast has tried this art of caging astronomical spectres. Show us your vision and make Marvin proud. You won't disappoint him, will you?


Amateur Astrophotography is a photography competition , so by entering you agree to the following competition rules.


The Amateur Astrophotography Competition is organized by Space Technology Students' Society, IIT Kharagpur.

How to Enter

Entries to the Amateur Astrophotography Competition 2018 competition open on announced date and must be received by deadline.

Submitting and Eligibility

  • All entries have to be submitted to
  • Entrants must belong to the age-group of 15-25. Entrants may submit up to five separate entries to the Amateur Astrophotography Competition 2018.
  • By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the competition Rules, and warrants that they have secured the permission of the copyright owner (if not themselves) to enter the image into the competition.
  • By submitting photos to the competition you confirm that the photo:
    • Was taken and processed by you, or by a group of which you are an active participant
    • Is your or your group's original work, or
    • Does not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party (particularly in relation to the use of robotic telescopes)
    • Does not contain any obscene or defamatory content or material
  • Digitally enhanced, composites are eligible for entry to the competition, but original Photos must be attached with the entry. The judging panel may ask about your processing method if your photo is shortlisted for a prize.
  • If the Image is not digitally enhanced, participant has to upload the same image twice in both categories, viz. Original Image and Entry Image.
  • The following images are not eligible for entry to the Amateur Astrophotography Competition:
    • Photos that have previously been submitted to a news/picture agency for distribution.
    • Photos taken more than two years before the competition's closing date.

Shortlisted Entries

  • To make sure that your photos are eligible for the competition shortlist, please ensure:
    • you have completed the relevant online application form
    • you have a high-resolution version (atleast 1080p) of your photo available. This is to ensure that your image can be reproduced in the exhibition and for promotional purposes, should it be awarded a prize.
  • If your photo is shortlisted, we will contact you via the email address you provided on the online entry form and ask you to:
    • Supply a high resolution version of your photo. This must be exactly the same image as the one originally entered, albeit a larger version. No retouching or altering of the image is permitted after the image has been shortlisted.
    • supply any missing information about your image, if needed.
    • Declare if your photo has been digitally manipulated and, if so, supply details of the processing method. Digitally manipulated photos are eligible but the judging panel will want to take your process into consideration when choosing winning photos.

Copyright and use of images

  • Space Technology Students Society is dedicated to supporting public understanding and education of science. The images submitted to the Amateur Astrophotography Competition serve as key resources to promote astronomy photography in practice and in order for us to do this we need to be able to use your image(s) in certain ways.
  • Entrants will retain copyright and moral rights in their submitted images. In all instances, the copyright holder will be credited, wherever practicable, when the image is used and published by spAts. We will use your first and last name as supplied during the entry process. Although spAts will always supply the correct information to third parties (for example to press / media), it cannot accept responsibility for any credit line errors or omissions by these parties.
  • By entering, all entrants grant spAts a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, and publish in perpetuity, each image entered into the competition:
    • in exhibition displays, in relation to both the Amateur Astrophotography Competition 2018 and exhibition and related future exhibitions and displays.
    • in promotional, press and marketing materials to promote and publicize the 2018 competition and exhibition, as well as future related exhibitions, and more generally to promote the understanding of astronomy in general terms as spAts sees fit
    • in spAts publications about the Amateur Astrophotography Competition 2018 competition and exhibition and future related exhibitions.
  • Please do not submit your contribution to the competition if you do not wish to grant these rights to spAts.


  • Entries will be uploaded by NSSC on our Facebook Page for Judging.
  • Space Technology Students Society will be the Judging Panel. They might appoint a panel not related spAts to judge the entries.
  • Judging will be based on technical skills, artistic merit and originality.
  • Top 3 teams will be awarded by Certificate of Excellence for the event.
  • Prize money worth 10,000 INR will be distributed to the winner teams.
  • Decision of Space Technology Students Society will be final and binding to all.

Invalid Entries

  • All entries to the competition must be submitted via the entry portal on our website will not accept images submitted by any other means.
  • Maximum allowable image size in 100 MB.
  • No responsibility can be accepted for entries which are lost, delayed, corrupted, damaged, misdirected or incomplete or which cannot be delivered for any technical, delivery or other reason. Proof of sending will not be accepted as proof of receipt. spAts cannot guarantee continuous, uninterrupted or secure access to the website.
  • By submitting your photo for entry into the Amateur Astrophotography Competition 2018 and for publishing on the website, you confirm that the content of the photo is and will not be taken to be obscene, racist, pornographic, indecent, harassing, threatening or offensive.
  • SpAts reserves the right to pre-vet and/or moderate photos submitted and reserves the right to not display uploaded content to the website or remove, suspend or disable access to photos, at any time, at its sole discretion, without liability or prior notice.


spAts reserves the right to cancel the Amateur Astrophotography Competition and/or exhibition at any time owing to circumstances outside its reasonable control and where circumstances make this unavoidable, but will always use all reasonable endeavors to minimize the effect on participants to avoid undue disappointment.


  • Anirudh Agarwal

  • Srivatsan Senthil