The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is launching a fresh search for striking night-time photography to showcase as part of its 2021 programme.

The winners of the Dark Skies 2021 Photography Competition will be invited to exhibit their work throughout the festival in February, as well as receiving a festival pass with free access to events across the programme (subject to availability).

The competition is open to photographers from anywhere, although the images must have been taken in the Hebrides. Pictured above is our 2020 competition winner, Callanish and the Cosmos by Scott Davidson.

To enter the competition, please send a maximum of two photos by email to before our competition deadline of 21 December – the darkest day of the year – and tell us where in the Hebrides it was taken. Images attached to emails should be no more than 6mb each.

The two-week arts and astronomy festival is set to be a key event in An Lanntair’s winter programme, as we cautiously continue to welcome back local audiences and winter visitors. The 2021 festival is supported by new funding from Caledonian MacBrayne as well as Outer Hebrides LEADER, and is presented in partnership with Stornoway Astronomical Society, Calanais Visitor Centre, Gallan Head Community Trust, and Lews Castle College.