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Bandera County Nightscapes Photography Contest 2021


Do you have an appreciation for the dark skies, starry nightscapes or maybe just looking for a reason to get outdoors at night and enjoy the vast Texas skies? We are celebrating the 'Hill Country Night Sky Month' of October with a Bandera County Nightscape Photography Contest!

So what is a nightscape, you may ask? A nightscape is any scene viewed at night. It may be a capture of the night sky, or a scene around a campfire, or maybe a hill with the moon overhead.

Contest runs October 1 through October 31, 2021.
Submit your best photo to Instagram using #BanderaDarkSkies by midnight November 7 to be eligible to win.

Judges will be selected from local area art teachers and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be announced on November 15, 2021.

Photography Rights:
The photographer will remain the sole owner of any photo submitted to the Bandera CVB Nature Photography Contest. The Bandera Convention & Visitors Bureau will have the right to share or post photo submissions on our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for Bandera County tourism promotions.
If the Bandera Convention & Visitors Bureau wishes to use a photo submission in PRINT ADVERTISING, the photographer will first receive a request from the Bandera CVB to use their photo. The Bandera CVB will not use any photos for print advertising without explicit consent from the photographer.
~Important Dates to Look For~

Oct. 6th: New Moon
he first phase of the lunar calendar, new moons occur when the sun and moon are aligned. The moon is therefore invisible from Earth, creating the darkest sky of the month—perfect for camping trips out to observe stars and see the Milky Way.

Oct. 8-9th: Draconids Meteor Shower
October sees two meteor showers, the first being the Draconids. Wait until it’s dark out, and hope for a cloudless sky to see this minor shower.

Oct. 20th: Full Moon (aka the Hunter’s Moon)
Full moons occur when Earth is located between the sun and moon, making the moon appear fully illuminated from Earth. It can be more difficult to see constellations with a bright full moon, but it does make for great moonlit hikes and family camping trips.

Oct. 21-22: Orionids Meteor Shower
The second meteor shower in October, the Orionids appear due to debris left by Halley’s Comet, just as is the case with the Eta Aquarids in May. It’s said that the Orionids are best seen near the Orion constellation.

Join the Bandera County Friends of the Night Sky through Instagram at #banderadarkskies 21-see details on our Facebook page!

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