The highly commended images for the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 competition.

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

Highly commended: Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014

There were three highly commended Young Astronomy Photographer images.

‘Moon Behind the Trees’ by 12-year-old Emily Jeremy (UK) was taken using a Kodak Pixpro AZ521 camera with a 222mm f/6.4 lens. Using relatively basic equipment with striking compositional and aesthetic results, this photographer uses the Moon as a backdrop to frame her subject.

We visited Emily on location to understand the story behind her photo:

Emily: a piece of me from Royal Observatory Greenwich on Vimeo.

Also highly commended was ‘The Heart Nebula (IC 1805)’ by our overall winners Shishir and Shashank Dholakia. This image shows how a careful understanding of the balance between filters, used within the visible part of the spectrum of light, can show us why this nebula got its name: simply magnificent.

British astrophotographer Olivia Williamson (aged 10) was also highly commended for ‘The Martian Territory’. This image contains the polar ice-caps of the planet, amazing dust storms on left and right sides, and the mainly orange-brown colour of the surface. The surface gets its signature look from a thin layer of iron oxide – more commonly known as rust.

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