The runner-up image for the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 competition.

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

Runner-up: Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014

The runner-up in this category in 2014 was ‘New Year over Cypress Mountain’, by 15-year-old Emmett Sparling (Canada). It was taken at midnight on 31 December 2013 in Bowen Island, with a Canon 7D camera and 18mm f/1.8 lens.

Looking closely at the light coming from each of the stars, we can see different colours, which are incredibly useful to the scientists that study them. The different coloured light can tell us about what stage of life stars are at: they could be young, hot blue stars or older red stars nearing the end of their life.

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