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Babak A. Tafreshi was born in 1978 in Tehran. He is a photographer and science journalist, the founder and director of The World At Night (TWAN) international photography project, also a board member of Astronomers Without Borders.Tafreshi received the 2009 Lennart Nilsson Award, the world’s most recognized award for scientific photography, for his global contribution to night sky photography.From 1997 to 2007 Tafreshi was an editor of the Astronomy Magazine of Iran (Nojum). He served as the editor-in-chief for several years too. 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 has been a board member of the Astronomical Society of Iran’s Amateur Committee from2001 and has organized many national astronomy events, including Iran’s annual national Messier Marathon. Through The World at Night, which was designated as the first Special Project of International Year of Astronomy 2009, Tafreshi cooperated with the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO as one of the project coordinators for IYA2009.
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. His work has been exhibited in several countries and has appeared in international magazines and websites. He communicates with world-wide astronomy community through science journalism and his TWAN trips and imaging workshops in various countries, and he regularly gives presentations during his expeditions to solar eclipses observing sites.Astronomy and TWAN imaging has taken him to all of the continents including Antarctica.