The runner-up image for the Earth and Space category of the 2014 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 2014 Earth and Space category

The runner-up for the 2014 Earth and Space category was ‘Wind Farm Star Trails’ by Matt James (Australia), taken with a Sony A99 camera and a Sony 70–200mm f/2.8 lens.

The dynamic monochrome composition has striking graphic qualities; it shows the power of the wind together with the apparent motion of the sky – the rotation of the Earth turns the trails into a shower of stars. Like a moment of stillness captured in the otherwise shifting surroundings, one of the wind turbines has remained static. Its sharply defined blades stand out among the dandelion-like shapes of the others.

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