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The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is inviting photographers from across the Hebrides to submit entries to its second annual photography competition.

This overall winner will be granted free entry to all events in the festival programme, which will run from 7-22 February 2020.

The winning photograph will also be showcased in the artwork for our 2020 programme, following in the footsteps of this year’s inaugural winner, Meet Steve by Berneray-based photographer Casey McIntyre.

A selection of shortlisted competition entries will be exhibited at An Lanntair throughout the festival, and all shortlisted photographers will be VIPs at the festival’s opening event at An Lanntair on Friday 7 February.


Our second Dark Skies photography competition has three categories.

  • Photographers under sixteen
  • Photographers over sixteen
  • Photographs taken through a telescope

To enter, please send a maximum of two photos by email to darkskies@lanntair.com before our competition deadline of Monday 14 October – make sure you tell us where in the Hebrides you are from, and which category you are entering. Images attached to emails should be no more than 6mb each.

The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is programmed by An Lanntair (part-financed by Outer Hebrides LEADER funding), in partnership with Stornoway Astronomical Society, Calanais Visitor Centre, Gallan Head Community Trust, and Lews Castle College, with support from Outer Hebrides Tourism and Visit Scotland.

The programme for the second Hebridean Dark Skies Festival will be announced at the end of September – keep an eye on the festival website at www.lanntair.com/darkskies for details.

This year’s festival will be part of a new winter tourism campaign, Winter in the Wild, led by An Lanntair in partnership with Outer Hebrides Tourism, Visit Scotland, Hebridean Hopscotch, Loganair, Cal Mac, Glasgow Airport, and other local organisations. Look out for #winterinthewild on social media.

For more information, please contact Andrew Eaton-Lewis at An Lanntair on andrew@lanntair.com or 01851 709488