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Enter the 2021/2022 Astrophotography Competition

Enter the 2021/2022 Astrophotography Competition

The 2021/22 South Downs Astrophotography competition is now open!

There are three categories available to enter:

  • 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 and/or Milky Way – judges will be looking for breathtaking shots of our nearest neighbour in the solar system and our home galaxy.

And, as the night sky is something we all share, regardless of where we live, there is no geographical limit on who can enter into the ‘Living Dark Skies: people and nature’ or ‘Our Magnificent Moon’ categories. Your entry can literally be from anywhere in the world! 

The first prize for each category will be £150 followed by a runner-up prize of £75.

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 11 to 27 February next year.

The festival celebrates the National Park’s International Dark Sky Reserve status, which was awarded in 2016 and recognises the South Downs as one of the 16 best places in the world to view the moon and stars.

Entries close at midnight on Wednesday 12 January 2022.

Download an entry form here to take part:

All entry forms and images should be emailed to photo@southdowns.gov.uk

Our terms and conditions can be read here.

Good luck everyone!


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