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2020/2021 Astrophotography Competition

2020/2021 Astrophotography Competition

Thank you to everyone who has entered the 2020/21 astrophotography competition.

Entries closed on Monday 11 January 2021.

We will soon be announcing winners of the following categories:

  • South Downs Dark Skyscapes – an image that captures the star-studded Dark Skies of the South Downs National Park. Judges will be looking for awe-inspiring photography that shows off the landscape and/or cultural heritage and the dark skies above it!
  • Living Dark Skies: people and nature – any image that captures human or wildlife activity. Ideas include images of people stargazing, people running or walking under the cover of darkness, or images of nocturnal wildlife or trees at night.
  • Our Magnificent Moon – judges will be looking for breathtaking shots of our nearest neighbour in the solar system.

The first prize for each category will be £150, second prize is £75, and third prize is £50.

Judging the contest will be Dan Oakley, “Dark Skies” Ranger for the National Park, Graham Bryant, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and Petersfield-based Tiffany Francis-Baker, author of Dark Skies.

Images submitted for the competition will be shared by the National Park Authority on social media during the annual Dark Skies Festival, which will take places from 12 to 28 February next year.

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