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2019 Calendar Photo Contest

The Cincinnati Observatory invites all amateur and professional photographers to enter our Photo Contest. Winning photographs will be featured in our 2019 Cincinnati Observatory Calendar.

The “Best of Show” photograph will have the honor of gracing the cover of this annual publication and the photographer and up to twenty guests will be treated to a private reception at the Observatory (date subject to availability).  The eleven other winners will have their winning entries included in the 2019 calendar.

All 12 photographers will also be honored at a special evening reception to display their photos and receive a personal tour of the Cincinnati Observatory including viewing with the 1843 telescope (weather permitting). Each recipient will receive three free 2019 calendars.

Deadline for all entries will be September 21, 2018. A panel of Observatory members and staff will select the winners. Winners will be announced October 1, 2018.

To enter the contest please email your name, telephone, email, and up to five pictures with no more than three sentences of description to: Kelsey Stryffe at 


  1.       Contestants must indicate whether they are amateur or professional photographers. The Cincinnati Observatory considers you a professional photographer if you earn more than 20% of your annual income from the sale of your photographs or photography services.
  2.       Photographs may be in the form of Astrophotography, have an Astronomical theme, or be taken on the Cincinnati Observatory grounds or inside our observatories.
  3.       Contestant may submit up to 5 photos maximum to be considered for publication.
  4.       Amateur and Professional photos will be judged separately.
  5.       The decisions of the judges are final.
  6.       Entries must be submitted by email to no later than 11:59pm September 21, 2018.
  7.       All entries must be high resolution images, 300dpi or larger.

For further questions please contact Kelsey (