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This Year's Shortlist For Astronomy Photographer of the Year Will Leave You Speechless

Space is a frontier that is constantly providing awe-inspiring discoveries and wonders. From beautiful galaxies and star clusters, to alien-looking gas clouds that simply look too artificial to be natural. The Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of Year Awards recognize the best photos of our "extra-terrestrial" domain and phenomena surrounding it. These photos are on the shortlist for the award this year which includes the following awards:

  • Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year
  • Stars and Nebulae
  • Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year
  • Our Sun
  • People and Space
  • Aurorae (Northern Lights photos)
  • Our Moon
  • Planets, Comets, and Asteroids
  • Skyscapes
  • Galaxies

There are also two special prizes being awarded - The Annie Mulder Prize for Image Innovation, which recognizes the best usage of telescope image data to develop a rendering. And the Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer, which is for exactly what it sounds like. So be dazzled and amazed with some of the most incredible interstellar and otherworldly pictures from around the world.

The shortlist for the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020. The cover photo is of the Northern Lights dubbed "The Green Lady" for the seeming spectral female figure within the lights captured in Norway
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Meanwhile In Canada: llamas Costumes Contest

A total of 19 costumed llamas and their handlers competed in the annual event at the Norfolk County Fair in southwestern Ontario few days ago and we thought there's nothing better than that on Spooktober. 

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18 Standouts from the 2017 Nat Geo Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest. Here are some of the notable entries from the contest. Enjoy!

best photos from the 2017 national Geographic photo contest
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These Photos Are Nominated For The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2017

The 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are still accepting entries till September 30th but while the judges are warming up, we can already take a peek at some of the funniest submissions of the contest.
Via: Design Your Trust

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Here Are The 13 Finalist Photos From Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017

The prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is now in its 53rd year, and this year's edition certain won't disappoint. Today the competition offered a glimpse into this year's finalists, which will be displayed in an exhibition that will tour museums and galleries around the world. This year's competition saw almost 50,000 entries from 92 different countries, with photographers all competing for the top prize of over $6,500. Here are the finalists.  


the finalists of 2017 wildlife photography of the year contest
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retweet twitter bot random haul prize winner contest - 8551085312
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If you've spent any time on Twitter at all, you've definitely come across some promotional tweet that asks you to follow or retweet in order to win a contest.

You know, something like this:



Well, Hunter Scott used a little bit of coding know-how to build a Twitter bot to do that work for him. He chronicled the experience over at Quartz.

I wrote a Python script that logs into Twitter, searches for tweets that say something along the lines of "retweet to win!" and then retweets them. I'm not sure if anyone else has done this before, but I didn't see any evidence of other bots that were behaving like mine. I did however see evidence of real people who were manually doing the job of my bot by retweeting hundreds of contests over several hours.

[O]ver the 9 months I ran my script, I entered approximately 165,000 contests. Of those, I won around 1,000. So that means my win rate was just over half a percent, which is pretty miserable, especially when you consider that a good portion of those winnings were things like logos and graphics, which is Twitter slang for a customized image for use in a gaming or YouTube profile.

Another very large percentage of the things I won were tickets to events. I did manage to go to an event that I won tickets to, but the majority of them were for concerts and events in other countries that I obviously couldn't go to. I also won a lot of currency to online games (like FIFA). And when the game Destiny was giving out beta codes, I won about 30 of them through as many contests. I won a lot of cool stuff too though, and getting mysterious things in my mailbox each day was pretty fun.



His haul does look pretty sweet:



But that's not even close to all that he won. Scott documented the full list, consisting of hundreds upon hundreds of items, here.

He said in the piece that his favorite prize was the cowboy hat signed by actors in a Mexican soap opera he'd never seen.

He doesn't say whether he took the bot offline, so it's very possible that it's still out there, just winning stuff.

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Turns out National Geographic photographers aren't the only ones who can capture all those amazing and iconic shots. A recent photo contest turned up a treasure trove of images from around the world. View the full gallery -- starting with the winning entry -- here.

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