Capture the Dark Photo Contest Finalists

Capture the Dark Photo Contest Finalists Image

A photographer captures the dark, Utah, May 2019. Photo: Bettymaya Foott

Last month, the International Dark-Sky Association launched its first-ever dark sky photography contest. The Capture the Dark Photo Contest called for photos of the beautiful and dark night sky, images that captured the impact of light pollution, submissions from youth photographers, and more. In two weeks, IDA received nearly 450 submissions from around the world with entries from Madagascar, Mexico, Denmark, India, Canada, New Zealand, Turkey, the United States, and more. 

A panel of international judges have reviewed all entries and scored photos and captions based on technical skill, composition, wow factor, and connection to contest theme. Of the hundreds of submissions, below are the highest-scoring photos for each category.  

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. 

  • Catching Light by Jason Perry
  • Dark 0204
  • We are all explorers! by Gary Cummins
  • Grandfather and granddaughter by Apostolos Kyriazis
  • "Galactic Ghost"
  • Duel of Astrophotographers
  • The Wicked Witch of the West’s House by Adam Feigelman
  • Dark 0138
  • The Galactic Divide

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.

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.

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. 

Entrant must be 17 years old or younger. Share a shot for any of the above categories. 


Thank you to all participants for their submissions. Their photos and the stories behind them make clear the important role the photography community plays in the dark sky movement. The winning photo for each category will be announced shortly. Stay tuned!

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