Born in 1977 in the north of Portugal, and today based in Lisbon, Miguel Claro is a Portuguese professional photographer, author and science communicator in the astronomy field, promoting the scientific divulgence of astronomy through public talks, stargazing sessions, articles, exhibitions and astrophotography workshops.
Over the past few years he has specialized in astronomical photography of landscapes or Skyscapes, a concept that makes a connection between the Night Sky and the elements on Earth, valuing the architectural, cultural and landscape heritage, as well as enhancing in an educational and scientific way, the Universe, which is full of stars but nowadays stays unnoticed to the majority of people. He is the official astrophotographer of Dark Sky® Alqueva — the first “Starlight Tourism Destination” in the world, located in the eastern part of Portugal’s south–central Alentejo Province, and dedicates a lot of his work to images that capture the beauty of the Deep Sky from the Oficial Dark Sky® Alqueva Observatory, in Cumeada. Miguel is a Photo Ambassador for ESO – European Southern Observatory – (ESO Gallery by M.Claro), a Space.com Contributor and a TWAN photographer member – The World at Night – representing Portugal (TWAN gallery by MClaro).
He also jury president of the international competition for night sky photography “Photo Nightscape Award – PNA” held annually in Paris, France. Miguel has also been a lecturer in two editions of TEDx, in Lisbon and Caldas da Rainha, and a speaker at CEDIC´17 “Central European Deepsky Imaging Conference” in Austria. He collaborates regularly with National Geographic (Portugal), Astronomy (USA), Astronomy Now (UK) and Ciel et Espace (France).