BAR HARBOR, Maine — The Acadia Night Sky Festival and “Bird’s Eye View” magazine have announced the winning image to represent the 6th annual event slated for Sept. 25-29, 2014.
After a month-long search for an iconic image that will become the 2014 festival poster, “Milky Way Over Sand Beach” by Maine photographer Nathan Levesque was selected. The image captures a brilliant Milky Way shining brightly over the calm seas at Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.
“With such a tremendous response and the overwhelming flood of talent, it was difficult to choose just one image,” said Chris Fogg, executive director of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce. “Congratulations to Nathan Levesque for an image that captures the true awe and wonder of our night skies,” added Fogg.
In its sixth year, the Acadia Night Sky Festival is geared toward families and astronomers alike and will feature nationally recognized speakers, tours, hikes, paddling excursions and more.
The Acadia Night Sky Festival is a community celebration to promote the protection and enjoyment of Downeast and Acadia’s stellar night sky as a valuable natural resource through education, science and the arts.
Leadership is provided by a volunteer committee of individuals and organizations including Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Acadia, Jackson Laboratory, College of the Atlantic, Abbe Museum, Mount Desert Island High School, Acadia Astronomical Society and passionate community members.
The 2014 Acadia Night Sky Festival is presented by Celestron Telescopes, and is additionally supported by Machias Savings Bank, Friends of Acadia, Jackson Laboratory, Bluenose Inn, Oli’s Trolley, Jordan Pond House, Bar Harbor Inn, and the Bar Harbor Bed & Breakfast Association.