Iranian photographer Mehdi Momenzadeh won the second prize in the Against the Lights category of the Second International Earth and Sky Photo Contest in the U.S.
About 240 entries were received from about 30 countries, 25% of which were from the United States. Other major contributors were Iran, Germany and China.
According to the contest theme of "Dark Skies Importance", the submitted photos were judged in two categories: "Beauty of the Night Sky" and "Against the Lights."
"The selected images are those most effective in impressing people on both how important and amazing the starry sky is and how it affects our lives, and also how bad the problem of light pollution has become," states The World at Night (TWAN) website.
Momenzadeh won $400 gift certificates from Dubai Telescope for his photo "Isfahan Milky Way". In his photo, Momenzadeh shows how light pollution makes it almost impossible for the stars to shine through.
The award-winning night sky photographer and the founder of TWAN, Babak Tafreshi, was among the jury members of the contest.
All the winning photos are also slated to appear on the TWAN Guest Gallery, as TWAN website announced.
The World At Night is a program to create and exhibit a collection of stunning photographs and time-lapse videos of the world's most beautiful and historic sites against a nighttime backdrop of stars, planets and celestial events.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) have designated TWAN as a Special Project of the International Year of Astronomy 2009.
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