Dark Sky Festival Photo Contest

Call to photographers for Night Sky and Astrophotography Images!

Purpose – Participate in the Fountain Hills Dark Sky Festival celebrating the
certification of Fountain Hills as an International Dark Sky Community by the
International Dark Sky Association. Festival will be held on April 21, 2018.

Objective – Participate in an Exhibition and Photo Contest of Night Sky/Astro celestial
object images taken from within the geographical boundaries of Fountain Hills, as a
way of demonstrating what can be done with the dark skies of Fountain Hills. Celestial
objects of interest include the moon, eclipses, meteors, planets, galaxies, nebulae,
and any other dark sky/astro subjects, including the sun. The exhibition will be
mounted on the walls of the FH Community Center from Friday, April 6 through April
30. The announcement of the winners of the Photo Contest will be made on April 21
as part of the larger Fountain Hills Dark Sky Festival.

Two categories of images are wanted for the Exhibition and the Contest;

  • Category 1 – ‘Landscape’ night sky/astrophotographs taken from within Fountain
    Hills and containing some landscape feature identifiable as a Fountain Hills
    feature (like the famous fountain, a piece of sculpture found at Fountain Lake , 4
    Peaks, or something else), in addition to the celestial subject.
  • Category 2 – ‘Tele’ night sky/astrophotographs taken with a telescope or
    telephoto lens within Fountain Hills, but lacking any visible Fountain Hills
    elements.

Prizes will be awarded in the two categories. Awards will be given for First ($100), Second ($50) and Third ($25) place winners.

Two professional Dark Sky and Astronomical photographers have been retained as
judges for this contest. Judging criteria will include both technical excellence and
artistic merit. With enough entries, First and Second Prizes will be awarded to
pictures in each category.

For both categories, no photo manipulation is allowed (e.g., taking a full moon or a
foreground subject from one image and placing it in another image). Focus stacking,
HDR processing, multiple spectral filters or multi-frame stacking of images of the
same scene with the same field of view over time is OK (e.g., star tracks) as long as
the stacked images are taken with the same camera and lens utilizing the same scene
composition.

Please fill out Entry Form and mail by April 1 to Bruce Boyce, 14133 N Honeysuckle
Drive, FH, 85268, or email form to bruce.boyce@cox.net, by April 3, 2018. Please
deliver your Images to be hung at the FH Community Center the morning of April 6.

2018 Dark Sky Exhibit Entry Form

2018 Dark Sky Exhibition Instructions

2018 Dark Sky Exhibition Artist Agreement