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Dark Skies Photography Competition

Biking and stargazing at Sutton Bank Credit Steve Bell PhotographyBiking and stargazing at Sutton Bank Credit Steve Bell Photography

Take a jaw-dropping photo of the night sky and WIN an exclusive 1-2-1 astro photography workshop!

The North York Moors is a stargazer’s paradise, with some of the best night skies in the country. We’re celebrating our celestial playground throughout the Dark Skies Festival (15 February – 3 March) with a line-up of over 80 events including astro talks, moonlit walks, night rides, moon and stargazing events, family workshops, pitch black zip-lining and more!

As part of the Festival, we’ll be running the Dark Skies photography competition.

We’re looking for the best photographs of the North York Moors and Howardian Hills AONB night skies. The photos can include everything from amazing close-ups of constellations and, if you’re really lucky, stunning shots of the aurora borealis, to action shots at one of the Festival events or big sky expanses. 

The Dark Skies photography competition will run from 1 February – 3 March 2019.

The entries will be shortlisted down to the top 10, with the shortlist open for public vote between 4 - 10 March 2019. The winner will be announced on Monday 11 March 2019.

The competition is open to both professionals and amateurs.

How to enter
  1. Share your photo on social media (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter)
  2. Include  #darkskiesphoto and @northyorkmoors in your post
  3. Remember to share it with us on social between 1 February - 3 March 2019!

Happy snapping!

Prize

The winner will receive a special astro photography workshop session with Steve Bell. You'll spend an evening with Steve where he will provide you with 1-2-1 tuition for 4 hours, taking you to some of his favourite locations in the North York Moors. The tuition will later be followed by a two hour editing session (to be used on another day), which will include editing techniques so you walk away with a greater understanding of how to edit your photos. The prize is to be agreed at a mutually convenient time during the 2019. 

The winner must own or have access to a mirrorless/DSLR/interchangeable lens camera with manual controls for the session. 

This prize would normally cost £500 if you were to book the tuition and editing session with Steve and it is a fantastic opportunity for you to develop your photography skills and take some amazing images of the Milky Way and dark skies that we are blessed with above the National Park.

Steve Bell is a landscape and astro photographer based in Helmsley. He has worked on projects for the North York Moors National Park and also works with the BBC’s natural history unit where he uses his expertise to create specialist dark sky footage. He runs workshops across the North York Moors and further afield as well as providing individual and small group tuition. www.stevebellphotography.co.uk

Terms & Conditions
  • Closing date for entry is Sunday 3 March, 11pm.
  • The winner will be notified by direct message on their social media channel and must respond, providing their full name, contact telephone number and email to claim the prize within 24 hours. If a winner does not respond to the North York Moors National Park Authority within 24 hours of being notified, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and the North York Moors National Park Authority shall be entitled to select another winner in accordance with the process described above.
  • The shortlist will be judged by North York Moors National Park staff. The 10 shortlisted entries will then go to public vote with the public choosing the winner.
  • The winner must supply a hi-res image at 300dpi after closing date.
  • By entering the competition, you agree to the North York Moors National Park using the image for marketing purposes in reference to the competition (it will not be used for commercial purposes). The photographer retains right of the image and The North York Moors National Park will not use the image outside of this purpose. We will always credit the photographer.
  • Photographs shared between 1 February - 3 March 2019 will only be accepted. 
  • The submitted photo must be the original work of the competition entrant
  • The winner must own or have access to a mirrorless/DSLR/interchangeable lens camera with manual controls for the astro photography session
  • The winning photographer retains complete copyright, but agrees to have his/her photograph published on the North York Moors website and other online media with reference to Dark Skies photo competition. The winning image will not be used for commercial purposes.
  • Submitted photographs must not contain provocative or otherwise objectionable content.
  • This competition is not open to employees of the North York Moors National Park Authority or members of their immediate families.
  • Prizes are non–transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  • Prize collection will be arranged directly with astro photographer Steve Bell
  • The prize is only available during 2019