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 DarkSky International is hosting the fourth annual Capture the Dark Photography Contest! It is free to enter and open to entrants worldwide.
Winners of each category will receive a prize package that includes a feature in DarkSky's Nightscape publication, the DarkSky blog and social media, a DarkSky membership and DarkSky swag. Winners will also receive a prize of a gift box of Strgzr merchandise of a hat, t-shirt, small goodies and a field pouch from Peak Design.
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 DarkSky’s Nightscape publication, the DarkSky blog and social media, a DarkSky membership and DarkSky swag. The people’s choice will be determined by public voting which will open on July 3rd.
Any photo taken in Utah will be eligible for the Utah Dark Sky Award - Prize details TBA.
Winning photos will be featured in an upcoming photo exhibit at the Shanghai Astronomy Museum.
From the Gallery page, you'll be able to vote for your favorite image to win the People's Choice Award! You are allowed one free vote per day, and can donate to DarkSky to get more votes to support your favorite photographer! You can search for a photo, or filter by category. All proceeds help support DarkSky's mission to protect the night from light pollution.
Dr. Lin Qing
The DarkSky International is the leading organization combatting light pollution worldwide. Since 1988, DarkSky International 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 DarkSky Places around the globe helping to preserve the natural nighttime environment.
Learn more at darksky.org.
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