THE Contest

Watching the Annular Eclipse will be memorable in itself. However, what makes it even more memorable is having a picture of it!

Stargate invites you to the Ring of Fire 2019, an Astrophotography Contest wherein the best snap taken of the Eclipse wins!!

Just Follow These Steps:

Register for the contest below. Ensure you register before the 25th of December.
UPDATE : Registration extended upto 11.59pm, 31st December 2019.

The Eclipse happens on December 26, 2019. Capture a photo the way you want.

Once you are ready to submit it, upload the image* before 23:59:59 on December 31, 2019.

*Ensure you submit only one of your Best image. The Upload Box which till 25th will be Inactive


On 6th January 2020, we will finalize the top 20 images and share them on our Facebook / Instagram page.

From 6th to 16th January, the pictures will be voted upon - each Like will be counted as one vote.

On 16th January, the Top 4 images in terms of Likes (maximum number of likes on Facebook or Instagram, whichever is higher) will be declared winners!


What do I get out of it?

How would you like to spend two nights at our Observatory in Kausani, with just you, three other like-minded souls, an 8" Celestron EdgeHD Telescope, a HyperStar Imaging Lens Assembly System, and the entire universe for you to see?

The top 4 winners will get exclusive access over 2 days and 3 nights at the Stargate Observatory in Kausani <hyperlink to Observatory page on the website>, with the equipment needed to capture epic pictures <hyperlink to our gallery> of Deep Sky Objects.

They will have their food and lodging taken care of at the quaint and cosy Ray's Cottage, Kausani, over the duration of the stay.

And of course, there's the matter of the Grand Prize - the Winner will, in addition to the above, win a Cash Prize of Rs. 50,000/-!

Great! Are there any specifications for the content of the image?

Your image needs to have the Eclipse in it. That's it. It's up to you to have anything else in it. As long as it has the Eclipse in it, it is good enough for us. In terms of the specifications of the actual image uploaded, please read our Terms and Conditions

I live in a place where I won't be able to see the Annularity. Does that rule me out?

Nope. You need to take a shot of the Eclipse. Partial or Annular is up to you. We do not discriminate between Eclipses!

Can I click the photo on my phone?

Of course. As long as it is good enough to win, the camera does not matter.

I can't think of any other questions. If I do, how can I get my answers?

Write to us at We'll do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.