The runner-up image for the Earth and Space category of the 2011 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

The Earth and Space category is for photos that include landscape, people or other ‘Earthly' things, together with an astronomical subject. Aurora, such as the aurora borealis (northern lights) are popular phenomenon within this category; see How to photograph aurorae if you’d like to try your hand at capturing these awe-inspiring light shows.

Runner-up of the APY 2011 Earth and Space category

The runner-up for the 2011 Earth and Space category was ‘Divine Presence’ by Ole C. Salomonsen (Norway). It was taken with a Canon 5D Mark II DSLR camera with a Nikon 14-24mm lens, and shows the aurorae, or Northern and Southern Lights.

‘I love watching the aurorae dancing over my head, surrounded by stars, and sometimes the Moon and even shooting stars,’ Salomonsen commented. ‘It really puts things into perspective when you’re standing there, and you realize how small you are in this endless universe we are living in.’

Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition

The Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is an annual global search for the most beautiful and spectacular visions of the cosmos by amateur and professional astrophotographers. The winning images are showcased in a stunning exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. 

Visit the IAPY 2015 exhibition