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Beautiful space photography tops Australian contest

Take a scroll through the amazing images that came out on top in this year's David Malin Awards, a prestigious Australian contest honoring excellence in astrophotography.

Here at Crave, we love space photography, and this year's David Malin Awards produced some stunners.

Amateur astronomers and photographers from around Australia vied for top honors -- and thousands of dollars in equipment from Canon -- in the contest, which was judged by David Malin, the renowned astrophotographer for whom the awards were named.

Winning images were chosen based on their ability to capture the beauty of the sky, and the photographer's interest in astronomy, in an "aesthetically pleasing way." Martin Pugh emerged as overall winner, taking the grand prize of a 5D Mark III and EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM lens for his image titled "NGC 3718."

The permanent exhibition of this year's winning photos is on display now at the Parkes Observatory. A touring exhibit will stop at locations across Australia, with the first held at Sydney Observatory starting in August. More details on the images themselves, and the winners, can be found in our gallery below, and on the Central West Astronomical Society's page.

(Source: CNET Australia)