Public voting opens in our Comet ISON Photo Contest

Posted by David Eicher
on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Photo by Damian Peach

Time to Cast Your Vote:
Comet ISON photography contest readies for People's Choice “Ballots”
While Comet ISON’s appearance close to planet Earth in late November seemed far too short-lived, astrophotographers worldwide were quick on the draw, capturing spectacular images of this dirty ball of ice as it came into our orbit and before it faced its premature demise.
The National Science Foundation and Astronomy magazine/Discover magazine teamed up to celebrate Comet ISON’s arrival and sponsored a photography contest from October through mid-January. Now that the professional judging is complete, it's time for the People's Choice competition.

Who: Anyone can vote
When: February 16–26
Where: Online at
How: Just register on the website and start voting. You can vote for more than one entry!
Why: Ultimately the “People’s Choice” award is worth $1,500 to the winning astrophotographer, so votes do make a difference! Winning images will appear in print in Astronomy magazine and online at and, and on the NSF website in April.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2012, its budget was $7.0 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities, and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 50,000 competitive requests for funding and makes about 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $593 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
Ivy Kupec, Public Affairs Specialist
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1245
Arlington, VA 22230
Phone: 703-292-8796
Cell: 703-225-8216

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