The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has announced the results of its first – but planned annual – Capture the Dark Contest. Photographs were received from around the world in five categories.
The winners are featured below. You can find more information and see all finalists and place getters here.
Connecting to the Dark
Experiencing a natural night provides perspective, inspiration, and leads us to reflect on our humanity and place in the universe. Share a shot that illustrates our connection to the night.
Winner: Mihail Minkov, “Star Catcher”, Black Sea Coast of Bulgaria.
International Dark Sky Place
Over 130 protected lands and municipalities have been certified by IDA as an International Dark Sky Place creating havens for astrophotographers around the world. Share a shot taken in one of these locations.
Winner: Jean-Francois Graffand, “Dark Night in Pyrénées Mountains”, Pic du Midi International Dark Sky Reserve, France.
Impact of Light Pollution
Light pollution can have significant impacts on the environment, human health, and our access to the universe. Share a shot that demonstrates the impact of light pollution.
Winner: Petr Horálek, “Remembering The Old Times”, Great Wall of China.
Bright Side of Lighting
Light pollution can give lighting a bad rap. But lighting that follows IDA’s Principles for Responsible Outdoor Light can be beautiful, healthy, and functional. Share a shot of lighting that respects the dark.
Winner: Jean-Francois Graffand, “The Celestial River”, Pyrénées National Parc, France.
Entrant must be 17 years old or younger. Share a shot for any of the above categories.
Winner: Nayana Rajesh (age 16), “The Barn”, Ennis, Texas, US.
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