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ALEXIA.JOHNSTON

@alliedpress.co.nz

Photographers are being challenged with capturing Central Otago’s night sky on camera.

A selection of photographs will feature in the Central Night Skies Photography Exhibition being hosted in conjunction with World Environment Day next month.

This year’s theme is air pollution.

A range of activities are planned for the week, including the exhibition, which will be displayed at Central Stories from June 4 to 16.

Reap community sustainability facilitator Abi Hawkins said the aim of the exhibition was to showcase how lucky we are in Central Otago.

“We want to focus on what we’ve got and what we could lose and have this exhibition of night sky photographs,” she said.

An evening will be hosted at Central Stories on June 13 at 5pm where artists will be able to talk about their work.

A guest speaker from Bodeker Scientific will also attend the event to talk about the organisation’s latest air pollution-mapping project.

Ms Hawkins said the event would, hopefully, feature a gallery “full of great photographs” that would illustrate the district’s clean air space – something not all towns and cities could boast.

“One-third of the world’s population cannot see the Milky Way and part of that is [caused by] smog and air pollution and light pollution.

“I’m not downplaying the issues we do have here but, realistically, we are pretty lucky,” she said.