Awards for 2010
Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for Excellence in Astroimaging
Darryl Aitchison

2010_astro_imager This individual is brand new to the club and already shows great promise with astrophotography. Considering that he does not use auto guiders or laptops for taking photos, but rather everything is done manually and he has only been imaging since October of 2010, the results are amazing. I expect great things from this individual and I am sure the club will be dazzled by his images as he only gets better. The Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for Astrophotographer of the Year is Darryl Aitchison.

Awards for 2009
Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for Excellence in Astroimaging
Mike Noble

2009_astro_imager This individual has spent countless hours at the telescope capturing beautiful images of the celestial objects out there. His dedication is, in my mind, borderline crazy as he spends most clear nights at some dark sky site somewhere in Alberta in the middle of nowhere imaging, and then goes to work. I don’t know how he doesn’t fall asleep at his desk every day. There is no arguing with the results though. Such dedication easily shows in every stunning image he presents. He has shown his images at our meetings as well as to everyone at the Observer’s meeting every month. Everyone who has seen his images will agree with me that the Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for Excellence in Astroimaging must be presented to Mike Noble.

Awards for 2008
Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for Excellence in Astroimaging
Luca Vanzella

2008_astro_imager With the wealth of wonderful astrophotographers in the Edmonton Centre it is perhaps not surprising that the work of some of our members who do not put themselves forward might be missed. This member has shown a few of his photos in our meetings, but usually in tandem with other photographers so his personal achievement is underplayed. He specializes in lunar photography and solar events (eclipses and transits) as well as planetary conjunctions and atmospheric phenomena. Most of his photographs are not taken through a telescope and are wonderful examples of what can be done with just a camera and tripod (and in some cases some stitching software).

So it is my pleasure to award the Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for Astrophotographer of the Year to Luca Vanzella.

Past Award Recipients
Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for Excellence in Astroimaging
1979 to Present

The Bryce Heartwell Memorial Award for Excellence in Astroimaging was first awarded in 1979.

  • 2019 Rick Bramm
  • 2018 Abdur Anwar
  • 2017 Tom Owen
  • 2016 Franklin Loehde
  • 2015 Alister Ling
  • 2014 Not Awarded
  • 2013 Warren Finlay
  • 2012 Richard Bramm
  • 2011 Jay Lavender
  • 2010 Darryl Aitchison
  • 2009 Mike Noble
  • 2008 Luca Vanzella
  • 2007 Massimo Torri
  • 2006 Wayne Malkin
  • 2005 Sherry Campbell
  • 2004 Gerry van Dyk
  • 2003 Lance Taylor
  • 2002 George LaFluer
  • 2001 Murray Paulson
  • 2000 Not Awarded
  • 1999 Not Awarded
  • 1998 Ben Gendre
  • 1997 Mike Noble
  • 1996 Murray Paulson
  • 1995 Not Awarded
  • 1994 Ben Gendre
  • 1993 Murray Paulson
  • 1991 Alister Ling
  • 1990 David Roles
  • 1986 Alan Dyer
  • 1985 Bryce Heartwell
  • 1982 Bryce Heartwell
  • 1980 David Beale
  • 1979 David Belcher
  • 1974 Thomas Morrison
  • 1973 Paul Deans
  • 1972 Paul Deans
  • 1970 Brian Martin
  • 1969 Brian Martin
  • 1968 David Roles