John Goldsmith is a Western Australian based astrophotographer, author, exhibition curator and PhD Researcher. He has as served as the curator for the Astrofest astrophotography exhibition, since 2009. His PhD research, at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, Curtin University, investigated cultural astronomy and the documentation, communication and sharing of Aboriginal sky knowledge, associated with Wolfe Creek Crater (East Kimberley) and the Square Kilometre Array radio astronomy initiative in the Murchison region of Western Australia. His research applied a suite of digital imaging for site documentation, including astronomical timelapse and 360° spherical imaging. Dr Goldsmith is a member of The World at Night (www.twanight.org), a leading global network of astronomical landscape photographers. He is the director and creative developer behind Celestial Visions (www.celestialvisions.com.au) and his astro-imaging is exhibited worldwide. In 2011, John was awarded the inaugural De Laeter Science Engagement Scholarship, (Gravity Discovery Centre, Western Australia).
Western Australia is home to superbly talented astrophotographers, who record stunning images of the cosmos and our iconic landscapes at night. Each year, a selection of the best images are showcased at the Astrofest astronomy festival, and toured for regional exhibitions and events. Beginning in 2009, the Astrofest astrophotography exhibition has grown to become a highlight of the festival. Astrophotographers are attracted to the challenge of recording superb images of the night sky, such as galaxies, colourful clouds of dust and gas amongst the stars, the Milky Way, the Sun and Moon, planets, meteor showers and comets, eclipses and aurora. They use photographic and telescope equipment, and a wide range of photographic techniques, to record beautiful, inspiring and thought proving images.
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