Iranian Photographer Won 2009 Scientific Photography Prize

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Active ImageStunning pictures of the cosmos have won the prestigious Lennart Nilsson Award.
Iranian photographer Babak Tafreshi has won the 2009 Lennart Nilsson scientific photography prize. According to the award panel, his images "reclaim a night sky that most modern people have lost".

The founder and leader of The World At Night, Babak Tafreshi is the youngest member of the TWAN team. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of Astronomers Without Borders, TWAN's parent organization. Tafreshi is a science journalist and educator, an active amateur astronomer, and a nature and night sky photographer. From 1997 to 2007 he was an editor of the Astronomy Magazine of Iran (Nojum), the only popular astronomy magazine in the Middle East. He served as the editor-in-chief for the last three of those years.

He has appeared many times on television and radio programs on astronomy and has met and interviewed many world-renowned astronomers and space scientists. He was a board member of the Astronomical Society of Iran's Amateur Committee from 2001 to 2007 and has organized and directed many national astronomy events, including Iran's annual national Messier Marathon.

Tafreshi is a professional photographer specializing in images of the night sky with foregrounds of natural landscapes and historic architecture. He has always been fascinated by the universality of the night sky, with the same sky appearing above a variety of landscapes around the world.

Active ImageHis work has been exhibited in Iran and several European countries and has appeared in international astronomy magazines and on NASA web sites. He regularly gives presentations during expeditions to solar eclipses observing sites around the world and has traveled to all of the continents including Antarctica.

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