photographs of the northern lights

Those who have watched our educational online videos for photographers, or attended any of our in-person workshops, will know that Engage Live is based in Northern Ireland. In Derry, to be precise, in the North West.

880 miles south of Iceland, Northern Ireland spends a large majority of the year under cloud cover. We’re not known as the Emerald Isle for nothing – our green grass just loves all of that rain, and so do our photographers, who rarely need to contend with the glaring light of the sun when shooting outdoors.

We do, however, occasionally enjoy remarkably clear skies, which can also be a photographer’s dream. Just this week, the skies above our wee country were so clear that photographers the length and breadth of Northern Ireland were able to capture the stunning aurora borealis – also known as the Northern Lights – in all its technicolour glory.

Below are just a few photographs snapped by Engage Live users, including one by an Engager located just over the Irish border in County Donegal. We hope they inspire you to get out and about and take your own nighttime photographs of the skies above your town.

Kenny Gisbon – Dromore, County Down

photographs of the northern lights

Dee Finnerty – Summit Of Mamore Hill, Urris Mountains, Inishowen, County Donegal

photographs of the northern lights

Adrian Morrison – Derrylin, County Fermanagh

photographs of the northern lights

Chris Semple – Craigavon, County Down

photographs of the northern lights

Gemma Gilfillan – Pigeon Top view point above Omagh, County Tyrone

photographs of the northern lights

Caroline Smyth – Carnfunnock, County Antrim

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