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Check out these “Capture the Dark” astrophotography winners

The second annual contest highlights the beauty of the cosmos.
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Gazing up at night sky can often take your breath away. But capturing that ethereal view can be difficult. Luckily, there are many talented astroimagers across the globe that use their cameras to turn the heavens into art. 

This year, 1,122 entries were submitted to the “Capture the Dark” contest, which was broken into several categories and sponsored by the International Dark-Sky Association and Lowell Observatory. Photographers from 68 different countries scattered across the globe participated in the competition, but only a select few were chosen as winners for each category. Below are the winning and runner-up shots, along with the honorable mentions, from this year’s contest.

For more information about how to enter next year’s "Capture the Dark" contest, visit darksky.org

1st Place - Connecting to the Dark: “In the Search of the Core” by Egon Filter

In their own words: "The night is really a beautiful moment to enjoy all the beauties of the sky. Here the plan was to reflect as many sights as possible in the water and the mirror – with the curious human being searching them in the small square in his hands.

We as humans should learn (relearn, in fact) to admire this scene in order to preserve it. Our challenge is to minimize the impact of light pollution while we grow as a civilization."

Location: Mostardas, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
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