I recently learned that my photo "At Boardwalk's End" was selected as an Honorable Mention in The World at Night's 2016 International Earth and Sky Photo Contest. I entered the photo into the "Against the Lights" category, which is meant to document the effect of light pollution on the night sky. I've looked forward to seeing the winners of this competition each year, but 2016 was the first time I submitted an image of my own to be judged. I'm beyond excited to have my photo alongside so many great ones from photographers I've admired over the past few years.
I took "At Boardwalk's End" during a trip to Maine last summer at the tail end of the Perseid Meteor Shower. I live in the Boston area, so getting to the right spot to take this photo involved a 3-hour drive in Friday rush hour traffic and a 30-minute hike in the dark. It was a frustrating shot to take because of a steady sea breeze that kept shaking my camera and the plants in the foreground, but after experiencing the ravenous swarm of mosquitoes that descended upon me once the wind died down, the sea breeze and I became fast friends.
All of the winners and Honorable Mentions are shown in the video below. My shot pops up at about the 7:50 mark. A huge thank you to all involved over at The World at Night for making this contest happen and spreading awareness about preserving the night sky I've come to love so much. I hope my night sky photos help to inspire others as much as competitions like this one have inspired me to get out of the city, away from the glow of light pollution, and appreciate the night sky in areas where it is still possible.
Prints of "At Boardwalk's End" are available for purchase here.