The annual photography competition, now in its sixth year, aims to draw attention to the phenomenal natural beauty of our dark skies but also how they are threatened by light pollution.

The sky above us is an essential part of our nature, a heritage for us and other species on this planet 

“Star trails” above the urban lights of Cape Town and a snow-covered Russian forest illuminated by northern lights are among the subjects depicted in the photographs.

The theme of the contest was “Dark Skies Importance” and images were judged in two categories: “Beauty of the Night Sky” and “Against the Lights”. Entrants had to submit “nightscape” images depicting the night sky and terrestrial landscape.

Out of about 1,000 images taken by professional and amateur photographers around the world, 10 images were announced as winners, with Eric Nathan from South Africa judged as overall winning photographer with his image “Star Trails Above Table Mountain”.

“The sky above us is an essential part of our nature, a heritage for us and other species on this planet,” said Babak Tafreshi, The World at Night director and chair of the competition.

“The contest's main goal is to present the night sky in this broader context that relates to everyone.”

The contest is supported by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory and Astronomers Without Borders. It was founded in 2008 by The World At Night (TWAN) – an international programme which curates and exhibits landscape astrophotographs – and Dark Skies Awareness project.

 

 

 

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