As regular readers of our blog will know, Alice PR is sponsoring an astrophotography competition this year: the ‘Reach for the Stars’ competition, run by our client, the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) in  partnership with The Irish Times and the Irish Astronomical Society.

The deadline for photographers to submit their entries to the competition was early April, and nearly 200 entries were received – a great response, as this is the first year the competition has run.

Shortlisted entries are now available to view on the DIAS website; and members of the public are being encouraged to vote for their favourite image. You can see the full gallery of shortlisted images here, and you have until 23:59 on 9th May to cast your vote!

Alongside the public vote, a high-profile judging panel is selecting the best images submitted to the ‘Reach for the Stars’ competition. Our MD, Martina, is a member of the panel, alongside Professor Peter Gallagher, Head of Astrophysics at DIAS; Brenda Fitzsimons, Picture Editor of The Irish Times; and John Flannery, Vice-President of the Irish Astronomical Society.

The online public vote for ‘Reach for the Stars’ was officially launched last week by the Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar TD, during a private visit to DIAS’s Dunsink Observatory, where he was briefed on the work of DIAS by the organisation’s CEO and Registrar, Dr. Eucharia Meehan, and Professor Peter Gallagher.

The winning entries – as selected by the judging panel and through the online public vote – will be announced by DIAS later this month. An exhibition of some of the top-rated entries will also be staged outside DIAS’s premises on Burlington Road in Dublin 4.

Here at Alice, we’ve been delighted to sponsor and work on this competition, and we are hugely impressed by the many talented astrophotographers who submitted entries. We’re now very much looking forward to the announcement of winners and the opening of the exhibition in the weeks ahead.


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