The runner-up image for the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012 competition.

This is the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition category for under-16s.

Runner-up: Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012

The runner-up for this category was Laurent V Joli-Coeur (Canada), also aged 15, who took the photograph ‘Daytime Lunar Mosaic’ using a Celestron Nexstar 5SE telescope and an Orion StarShoot Solar System Imager III camera.

The young photographer knitted together several high-resolution images of the Moon in the daytime sky to form a colourful mosaic. The detailed view shows the smooth dark maria (lunar ‘seas’) and lighter, bumpier highlands of the Moon. The blue of the daytime sky is caused by a scattering of blue light in the Earth’s atmosphere.

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