Thank you to all our entrants!

Photography plays a powerful role in the dark sky movement. A photograph of the naturally dark sky connects those who’ve never laid eyes on the naturally dark sky to a universe hidden behind the veil of skyglow. Similarly, images that portray the impact of light pollution can spark conservation awareness and action. Photography has the power to transport us and inspire us to connect with and ultimately protect the night.

In celebration, the International Dark-Sky Association is hosting the third annual Capture the Dark Photography Contest! It is free to enter and open to entrants worldwide.

Prizes

Winners of each category received a prize package that includes a feature in IDA’s Nightscape publication, the IDA blog and social media, an IDA membership, IDA and Visit Utah swag, and a Peak Design Field Pouch.

The winner of the People's Choice award will receive a prize package that includes a $250.00 gift card to B&H, a feature in IDA’s Nightscape publication, the IDA blog and social media, an IDA membership, and IDA and Visit Utah swag.

All proceeds help support IDA's mission to protect the night from light pollution.

The Winners

People's Choice Award

Over a Historical Landmark

Marian Yauder

1216

Touring through Taurus

Shreya Gupta

3168

Summer nights over the South Llano River

Samuel Steele

726

Connecting to the Dark

Rock climbers under a rising blood moon

Chris Olivas

2

Thousand stars Hotel

Elias Kolovs

24

Comet Streams

Kenny LeRose

5

Impact of Light Pollution

Milky Way over Li River

Wang Jin

0

The galaxy of my city

Kuang Wei

0

Strain for some darkness

Constantine Themelis

0

International Dark Sky Place

Perseid Meteor and Sprites

Stephen Hummel

1

Amazed by the truly dark night sky

Martin Činčura

0

Perseid, Milkyway, Zodiacal Light, Pleiades, and Orion in Joshua Tree National Park

Sean Parker

0

Bright Side of Lighting

Nocturne of the Himalayas

Haitong Yu

1

Moraine Lake Nightscape

Puya Hosseini

1

Drive

Marcin Zajac

3

Deep Sky

IMMORTAL KOMBAT

SHAUN ROBERTSON

10

Cradle of Life

Paul Haese

0

Cone Nebula

Bruce Waddington

1

Creatures of the Night

Star Forest

Bin Chen

0

In a Lavender Field As A Butterfly Under The Stars

Dario Giannobile

0

Fireflies with Milky Way

CHEN XU

0

Youth

Stars above the desert

Jingyi Ma

0

Stargazing in a Martian Landscape

Neil Shet

9

A wisp of dust in Orion

Haocheng Li

0

Mobile Photographer

Comet NEOWISE

Zhaoqi Li

0

Starlight

Bin Chen

0

Neighborhood Watch

Vineet Singh

101

Utah Dark Skies

Awestruck

Marcin Zajac

15

Tulip in Space

Chris Freerksen

68

Utah Skies

Matt Dieterich

0

About Us


The International Dark-Sky Associaton (IDA) is the leading organization combatting light pollution worldwide. Since 1988, IDA has promoted win-win solutions that allow people to appreciate naturally dark, star-filled skies while enjoying the benefits of responsible outdoor lighting. Our impact reaches 57 countries on six continents, with members, volunteer advocates, and International Dark Sky Places around the globe helping to preserve the natural nighttime environment.

Learn more at darksky.org.