A photograph of a mysterious phenomenon known as Steve (Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement) has won the first Hebridean Dark Skies Festival photography competition, it was announced yesterday (Thursday December 6th).

'Meet Steve', by Berneray photographer Casey McIntyre, captures the rare phenomenon that can be seen during displays of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).  

The image will appear on the cover of the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival print programme, available from next week, and will also be included in an exhibition at An Lanntair that will run throughout the festival in February 2019.

The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival, created and led by An Lanntair, will take place on the Isle of Lewis from 8-21 February next year. 

Speakers will include Chris Lintott from BBC's The Sky at Night, science presenter Heather Couper and Astronomer Royal for Scotland, John Brown. 
There will be live music performances and film screenings including The Rocket Post and the silent movie Wunder Der Schöpfung.