Dark Skies Photography Exhibition

6 February - 27 March 2021

The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival‘s annual photography competition showcases some of the most striking images of our incredible dark skies. Pictured is our 2020 competition winner, Callanish and the Cosmos by Scott Davidson.

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 throughout the programme.

The competition is open to photographers from anywhere, although the images must have been taken in the Hebrides.

The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival takes place against some of most extraordinary dark skies in the whole of the UK – with breath-taking scenery to match. In winter, in particular, many astronomical sights can be seen through the naked eye including the Orion Nebula (over 1,500 light years away), the Milky Way Galaxy, and one of the Milky Way’s companion galaxies the Great Andromeda Galaxy. The Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, can also be seen from the islands, one of the very best spots in the UK for watching this incredible phenomenon.

To enter the competition, please send a maximum of two photos by email to darkskies@lanntair.com 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 Hebridean Dark Skies Festival will run from Friday 5 February to Thursday 18 February, and is led by An Lanntair in partnership with Calanais Visitor Centre, Stornoway Astronomical Society, Gallan Head Community Trust, and Lews Castle College UHI.

The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Outer Hebrides LEADER 2014-2020 programme. We also want to say a huge thank you to Caledonian MacBrayne for supporting this year’s festival.