As a part of the ASI 2017 in Jaipur earlier this year, we had organised a number of education and outreach events in Rajasthan over the period of a few weeks. One of these events was the ‘Rajasthan Astrophotography Contest’. We received fantastic entries that were judged by Ajay Talwar and Rakesh Rao, and the winning photos were presented at the GBM in Jaipur.
The first prize, sponsored by ISRO, was a visit to Sriharikota to see a launch. The second prize was a trip to the Mt Abu Infrared Observatory, sponsored by PRL, and the third prize was a telescope, sponsored by IIA. The three first prize winners were able to witness a glorious launch by PSLV C39 in August and the second prize winner spent two delightful nights under the beautiful skies of MIRO.