Night Photo Summit
The mission of the Night Photo Summit is to help people become better night photographers. To achieve that, we give attendees inspiration and a first-class education in a fun environment, while providing a platform for our presenters to speak about what they love: night photography (in both wilderness and urban areas), dark skies and national parks.
The World at Night
February 2 | 3:45PM ET
Babak Tafreshi spent three decades photographing surreal scenes of the night sky in all continents, an adventurous journey to the world at night where the landmarks of Earth bridge to the celestial wonders, where science meets art, and astrophotography contributes to nature conservation.
His work aims to increase public awareness on values of the natural night environment and how to preserve it from our growing light pollution. The nighttime face of our planet has changed in the past century. The habitats and behaviors of many nocturnal species have been greatly impacted by our artificial lights, especially in the past few decades.
A part of Babak’s work takes us to iconic World Heritage Sites and landmarks of various civilizations, where we find connections between our many cultures and the night sky, where we see icons of different beliefs and religions under the same sky, attesting to the unified nature of Earth as a home for all mankind. One People, One Sky!
About Babak Tafreshi
Babak Tafreshi is a SIGMA Ambassador and an award-winning photographer working with the National Geographic who spent the past two decades photographing surreal scenes of the night sky in all continents, an adventurous journey to the world at night. Babak is a master of night-time photography and nightscape videos. He uses the context of night sky to bridgeEarth and sky, art and science, cultures and time. He is also a science journalist and the founder of The World at Night (TWAN) program; an elite group of photographers in 25 countries who present images to reconnect people with importance and beauties of the night sky and natural nights and the growing concern over light pollution. Babak has always been fascinated by the universality of the night sky; the same sky appearing above different landmarks of the world. Photography, science stories, and eclipse chasing has taken him to the 7 continents, and now, he explores the world with SIGMA gear in his bag.