Check out these “Capture the Dark” astrophotography winners

The second annual contest highlights the beauty of the cosmos.
By | Published: August 20, 2021 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
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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