Josh Lake Wins Hubble’s Hidden Treasures Contest!

What began as an exciting project has turned into an award-winning image for astronomy teacher Josh Lake. He remarks, “I heard about the Hubble's Hidden Treasures image processing contest last year and was excited to do some work on an entry this year. Several months after I entered my images, I received an email stating that one image was selected to the shortlist for the People's Choice award.”
 
As the Hubble site states, they received over 3000 images for this contest, so making the cut to the short list was an amazing feat. With the public vote, Josh enlisted the help of his family, friends, and the Pomfret School community. “I was overwhelmed by the encouragement as people voted in two waves, pushing the vote counter over the 300 mark just as the contest was ending,” states Josh.
 
What Josh didn’t count on was being selected for a second award, the jury prize. The panel for this award is made up of professional astronomers and imagers. Josh comments, “While I expected to hear good news about the public vote, I was not prepared to find out the same image also won the jury prize. The panel recognized my goal of making a high-contrast image from two faint master frames, and I couldn't believe my eyes when the double win was announced.”
 
Josh’s win, along with views of his image, are highlighted on NBCNews.com in their Cosmic Log.

Local papers are also highlighting Josh's success. The Reminder News, Villager and Norwich Bulletin have all interviewed him recently.

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