DSR Report contest


The international contest Dark Skies Rangers Report is promoted by NUCLIO with the following objectives:

  • Communicate the causes and consequences of light pollution;
  • Raise awareness of the importance of using outdoor lighting that are energy efficient and that direct the light downward;
  • Contribute to the reduction of light pollution and the preservation of the night sky;
  • Promote interest in Astronomy;
  • Develop skills in the field of e-learning.



The contest is intended to students between 5 and 18 years old. Students must have the orientation of one teacher.

Students must create a report about light pollution, according to the objectives of the contest. The report must be original, written in English or Portuguese and produced individually or in group.

The report can be produced in the form of:

  • article – it could be news, interview or investigative journalism. The text should be illustrated with at least one image (photograph, graph or infographic) and a subtitle with a maximum of 20 words. The title should not exceed 10 words and should be followed by a summary of the report with a maximum of 50 words. The written text, excluding illustrations, should not exceed 1000 words;
  • photography – can have a maximum of 6 original photos, with a scientific legend and a maximum of 20 words. Photos should be in image format (jpeg, bmp, png, tif or gif) with good definition. The report must be accompanied by a descriptive text with a maximum of 150 words, explaining how the work was done, and a summary of a maximum of 50 words;
  • video – can be in documentary or interview format with a maximum of 3 minutes. The video must be published on YouTube, Vimeo or another social network. Must have a title with a maximum of 10 words and a abstract with a maximum of 50 words. It must be accompanied by a descriptive text with a maximum of 150 words, explaining how the work was carried out.

Participants must register on the contest page and send the video to concurso@nuclio.pt

Students between 5 and 10 years old can also apply for the Dark Skies Rangers Drawing contest.



The registration and the video must be submitted until June 15, 2018. Only the videos submitted by the deadline will be considered in the contest.



The jury, composed of NUCLIO elements, will select the best reports according to the following parameters: relevance according to the objectives of the competition, scientific accuracy, quality and originality.

The jury can reject any report that does not meet the conditions of participation in the contest or if the quality is considered insufficient.



Three students and one teacher will be awarded according to the following categories:

  • Students between 5 and 12 years old;
  • Students between 13 and 15 years old;
  • Students between 16 and 18 years old;
  • Teachers.

The prizes will be:

If the work is done in group, only one prize will be awarded for all the members of the group.
The winners will be announced until Jully 15, 2018.



In the context of Dark Skies Rangers project and sharing of best practices, NUCLIO has all the rights of reproduction, publication and exhibition of the works, worldwide, in any medium, without prior notice, consent or compensation.

The works will not be subject to any kind of marketing, unless agreed by all parties and to promote the Dark Skies Rangers.



Direção-Geral da Educação
ABAE – Programa Eco-Escolas
Galileo Teacher Training Program
National Optical Astronomy Observatory