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2020/2021 Astrophotography Competition

2020/2021 Astrophotography Competition

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2020/21 South Downs Astrophotography Competition.

The three categories in the competition were:

  • 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 was £150, second prize £75, and third prize £50.

Use the gallery below to view the winners.

South Downs Dark Skyscapes

Living Dark Skies: people and nature

Our Magnificent Moon

Judging the contest was 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.



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