European Astronomy Journalism Prize 2013 Expanded

June 4, 2013
Image Caption: Aerial View of Cerro Paranal. Credit: J.L. Dauvergne & G. Hüdepohl

Science and Technology Facilities Council

The European Astronomy Journalism Prize 2013 launched today has been expanded to now include entries from Europe and South America.

The competition is run by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO), in conjunction with the Association of British Science Writers and the Royal Astronomical Society.

“Astronomy is a global research discipline, and excites and inspires millions of people every day around the world, so we believe it´s appropriate to expand the Prize to recognise a broader range of inspirational coverage of astronomy,” ESO Head of Education and Public Outreach Lars Lindberg Christensen said today.

STFC Head of Communications Terry O´Connor said the inaugural competition in 2012 was open only to entries published or broadcast in English in the United Kingdom, but has now been extended to entries in English from any ESO member state.

“We´re delighted to work with ESO to offer the winner a trip to the world´s most advanced optical instrument: ESO´s Very Large Telescope in Chile,” Terry said.

The VLT is located at the Paranal Observatory on Cerro Paranal, a 2,635m mountain in the northern part of Chile.

Entries for the Prize must be about astronomy and related areas of technology, or about the work and lifestyles of astronomers, engineers or others working in the field of astronomy.

The entries must reflect European interests and they can be online, written or broadcast.

Entries must have been published or broadcast during the period 1 July 2012 to 31 July 2013 inclusive. Applications close on Wednesday 31 July 2013.

Entry is open to journalists, students of a recognized journalism course, students of a recognized qualification in astronomy, or holders of a recognized qualification in astronomy, whose work is published or broadcast and is accessible to the general public. You may be asked to provide proof of your status.

Please make sure that you have read all the terms and conditions carefully. They are available online at www.stfc.ac.uk/astroprize and at www.eso.org/public/astroprize/

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Source: Science and Technology Facilities Council

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