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Competition Objective

Spotlight on Light Pollution

Highlight the pressing challenges surrounding the escalating issue of light pollution. Through the medium of posters, participants are urged to delineate the identified problems and propose viable solutions.


Emphasize the significance of maintaining natural darkness for the benefit of our ecosystem and heritage.

Dark Sky Conservation and Implementation for SDGs

Connect the goal of preserving dark skies with the Sustainable Development Goals, elucidating how they can be symbiotic.

Satellite Constellation - A Challenge for Astronomy

Shed light on how the increasing number of satellites can obstruct astronomical observations and study.

Astro-tourism: The Emerging Frontier

Dive into the potential of astro-tourism as an industry and how it can promote the preservation of dark skies.

Indian Astronomy: Past and Future

Trace the legacy of astronomical studies in India and envision its future against the backdrop of current challenges.

Increasing Light Pollution

Highlight the growing concern of urban light pollution, its adverse impacts, and the urgent need for mitigation.

Expectation from Participants: Address the aforementioned themes, articulating both the challenges and potential solutions. Visual creativity and clarity will be paramount.


Deliver ideas on the specified topics following submission guidelines.

Use visual interpretations and graphics for a lasting impact.

Minimize word usage.

Entries are judged on clarity and creativity. Ensure concepts are easily understandable and showcase innovative thinking that challenges conventional views.


Share your perspectives on preserving our Dark Skies against urbanization and ensure their appreciation by future generations.

Present your ideas at the Dark Sky Preservation and Conservation Conference in Manali, in collaboration with the Central government and the International Astronomical Union.

Recognize the multifaceted threat leading us towards starless skies.

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Competition Prizes

One Winner Per Theme (6 total)

The entrants must complete the online registrations and the submission must include, (but are not limited to) the points listed in the brief as a whole. For each of our competition themes, one exemplary participant will be crowned the winner. These distinguished winners will receive

  • Exclusive Invitation: An opportunity to attend the prestigious International Dark Sky Preservation and Astro-tourism Conference set in the scenic landscapes of Manali, Himachal Pradesh.
  • Travel Bursary: A financial aid of Rs. 10,000 will be granted to each winner to assist with their travel expenses.
  • Accommodation & Meals: Rest assured, your stay is on us! Winners will be provided with comfortable accommodations, along with complimentary meals, for the duration of the conference.

Join us in celebrating the wonder of the night sky and the imperative of its preservation. Your vision could pave the way to global acknowledgment at our international conference.

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Deadline 30th September 2023Winners Selected 10th October 2023