Call for 2021 International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) Award Nominations

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA)  has issued a call for 2021 nominations to recognise deserving dark sky advocates for their work protecting the night from light pollution. The 2021 IDA Award nomination period is open through July 20, 2021. The IDA Awards Committee will review nominations and submit recommendations to the Board of Directors for ratification. Awards will be announced by October 15, 2021.

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is the recognized authority on light pollution and is the leading organization combating light pollution worldwide (

Nominations can be submitted at:

The 2021 Award categories are:

  •   Crawford/Hunter Lifetime Achievement Award for pioneering leadership in protecting the night sky and reducing light pollution.
  •  Hoag/Robinson Award for outstanding work in educating governmental organizations, businesses, and the public about the merits of outdoor lighting control ordinances.
  •  Galileo Award in recognition of outstanding achievements in research or academic work on light pollution over a multiple-year period.
  •  Lighting Design and Technological Innovation Award for quality outdoor lighting.
  •  Dark Sky Defender Award in appreciation and recognition of individuals and/or organizations’ exceptional efforts to promote and advance the mission and programs of IDA to preserve night skies on each of the six inhabited continents.
  • Rising Star Award in honour of a student of any grade level who demonstrates enthusiasm for and commitment to dark sky efforts.
  •  Bob Gent Community Leadership Award in recognition of exceptional leadership in outreach and education programs or natural night-time awareness.
  • Nocturnal Habitat Protection Award recognizing those whose actions have been instrumental to the conservation of substantial nocturnal habitat.
  • International Dark Sky Place of the Year in recognition of exceptional achievement to an IDSP that has been established for at least three years.