National Park launches photography competition

Visitors who snap a great image during the upcoming Dark Skies Festival (9-25 February) have the chance of winning a range of outdoor kit in a photography competition launched by the North York Moors National Park.

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Helmsley astro photographer Steve Bell will judge the best of the images that need to have been taken in a location within the North York Moors National Park, the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or gateway towns such as Pickering, Helmsley and Whitby.

The winner from each competition category – adults and under 16s – will each receive a jacket, daypack, beanie and gloves courtesy of Columbia Sportswear.

To enter the competition, which is open to both amateurs and professionals, people simply need to share their image on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and include both the hashtag #darkskiesphoto and @northyorkmoors

Laura Barr, marketing executive for the North York Moors National Park explains:

We’re looking for images that capture the essence of the Festival – not just the beautiful night skies but also the sheer fun and ‘wow’ factor of our celestial playground.

So it could be anything from a cracking image of a constellation, an action shot during one of the events or a photo that captures the wonder on people’s faces as they gaze skywards.”

The winners will be announced on Thursday 8 March. More details can be found



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