The observatory has been financed by the North Pennines
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, as part of its Allen Valleys Landscape Partnership Scheme which is backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The only limits to what can be photographed are geographical - all shots must be of the land on the Pennines
between the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks - which takes in parts of Kirklees and Calderdale, including the Holme, Colne and Calder Valleys.
Historical gems from the North Pennines
are distributed throughout the world.
Organiser Adele Adams said: "Photographs that help to define or describe the South Pennines
, not just its landscapes but also its wildlife, its people and the events that take place here would be great to see.
The award is in memory of the late Bob Pendlebury, who was one of the leading advocates of the North Pennines
and a champion of its protection.
A HOLMFIRTH brewery is making the official beer of the Pennine
Through Altogether Archaeology, a project set up by North Pennine
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), members of the public have the opportunity to participate in a range of archaeological projects, educating people in an engaging way of the historical chronicles of the North Pennines
The project, which will include woodland next to Scammonden and Butterley reservoirs, is being led by Pennine
Prospects with support from Yorkshire Water which is a major landowner in the South Pennines
with 300 hectares of woodland.
NORTH East tourist chiefs have welcomed an upcoming Pennine
Way TV series which will showcase the region's dramatic landscapes.
Tractor Road Run has moved to a new base.
WHEN the Pennine
Way marks its 50th anniversary next month, celebrations might be difficult to spot.
A RESCUE team from the Calder Valley is gearing up for a gruelling race across the Pennines
Meanwhile, the North Pennines
Wool Group is holding its fourth wool event today in St John's Chapel.
PART of the South Pennines
moorlands are to share in a multimillion pound cash boost.
His route followed the east side of the Pennines
, starting at Settle and taking in Muker in Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales, Teesdale, Blanchland, and the central section of Hadrian's Wall via Hexham and Haltwhistle.