Dark Skies Photo Contest


Nevada County, the City of Nevada City, the City of Grass Valley, and Nevada County Arts Council are launching a “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” photo contest as part of an initiative to encourage residents to limit light pollution and enjoy the natural beauty of the night sky. The announcement coincides with Earth Day and the three jurisdictions’ focus on climate education to build resilient communities.

More Information on the Dark Skies Movement

Photo Contest Details
• The photo contest is free to enter.
• The contest will have three categories: Professionals, Amateurs/Emerging Artists and Youth (under 18 years of age).
• A free dark skies photography experience will take place during the month of May or June (date/time/location TBD) in partnership with the Nevada County Photography Club and local dark sky photographers. Join us to learn tips and tricks on capturing vivid photographs of the night sky.

• Winning photographs will be digitally displayed in City and / or County offices, and in an online gallery on at nevadacountyarts.org. Additional prizes include donated items from local merchants, including apparel, gift cards and more! Prints of the winning piece from each category will go to the artist.
• Photos must be taken in Nevada County.
• Submissions must be an original work of art created by the submitter.
• Up to three submissions per photographer. Choose your best work!

Participants can upload their photos between April 22 and June 17, 2024, at www.nevadacountyarts.com/darkskies. Nevada County Arts Council will be hosting the submission gallery and there will be an opportunity for the community to vote for a People’s Choice Award.


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