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Comet ISON Photo Contest

Comet ISON in November 2013.
Damian Peach
October 15, 2013 - January 31, 2014

Comet ISON is set to make a stunning fly-by this fall — and we want to see your pictures!

The National Science Foundation’s Division of Astronomical Sciences, Discover magazine, and Astronomy magazine are excited to announce the Comet ISON Photo Contest.

The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers worldwide. You can submit images online at beginning October 15, 2013, through January 15, 2014. Judges will consider images in three categories; in addition, website visitors will vote a "People's Choice" winner. All winners receive cash prizes, and winning images will appear in print in Astronomy and online at,, and on the NSF website.

Your picture of Comet ISON may turn out to be a once-in-a-lifetime image — so get snapping!


Comet ISON Photography Tips

Be ready to capture the celestial visitor with these expert tips, courtesy of Astronomy magazine.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. Its FY 2012 budget was $7.0 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions.