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Discover the night sky with the 2023 Nightscaper Conference


National Parks at Night has just announced the 2023 Nightscaper Conference. It’s perfect timing for the 2023 Milky Way season! Here’s all the information!

Capitol Reef National Park at night.
Capitol Reef National Park at night
Nightscaper Conference 2023

About the Nightscaper Conference

Royce Bair created this community some years ago. National Parks at night began collaborating with him in early 2021. The first conference was held in 2019. The conference became a popular in-person event devoted to astro-landscape photographers, scientists, artists and activists who wish to enjoy and preserve the night skies. 

The conference features Milky Way photographers, scientists, conservation groups and more. It attracts about 300 enthusiasts of all sorts. Beginning and seasoned photographers alike will be interested in this.

Due to health concerns, the Nightscaper Conference was postponed to May 2023.

Arches National Park at night

Where is the Nightscaper Conference?

The conference will be live and in-person in Kanab, UT, near Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It’s also in reasonably close proximity to Bryce, Capitol Reef and Grand Canyon National Parks and other amazing public lands.

When is the Nightscaper Conference?

Save Our Stars - activism at Nightscaper Conference
Save Our Stars — activism at Nightscaper Conference

The 2023 conference will be held in the heart of the new moon week, May 18-21, 2023.

The daytime conference leaves plenty of room for going out at night with speakers, as well as with friends new and old. Several speakers will also be offering local workshops before and after the conference as well! You can immerse yourself in this experience in one of the best dark sky areas to photograph in the world.

The Nightscaper conference lasts for four days. Each day’s activities begin in the late morning to accommodate those who were out shooting the night before. Daily lunches are included, as well as one dinner.

Who are the presenters?

The presenters will of course include Royce Bair. Also, there will be Jess Santos, MaryBeth Kiczenski, Matt Hill, Bryony Richards, Joshua Snow, Tim Cooper, Mike Shaw, Gabriel Biderman, Dr. Kah-Wai Lin, Paul Ziska, Lance Keimig, Chris Nicholson and many more.

Where is the Nightscaper Conference?

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument at night.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument at night.

The conference will be live and in-person in Kanab, UT, near Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It’s also in reasonably close proximity to Bryce, Capitol Reef and Grand Canyon National Parks and other amazing public lands.

Tickets for the Nightscaper Conference

Tickets are on sale now. Nightscaper Conference is offering Conference (in-person) and Replays tickets for those who can travel, or Replays-only for those who cannot travel but still want all that education and inspiration. These are offered as limited-time Early Bird tickets. Click here to register for the conference.

Goblin Valley at night.
Goblin Valley at night

What is National Parks at Night?

National Parks at Night hold night photography workshops that provide top-shelf education both in the classroom and in the field, and are arguably the best in the world at doing so. Also, they have an extremely informative blog. And they also have held two Night Photo Summit virtual conferences. I am honored to have been a presenter for one of them.



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