The winning image for the Our Moon category of the 2015 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

The Our Moon category is for lunar images, including lunar eclipses and occultation of planets. It excludes shots of the Moon with earthly landscapes (these belong in the 'Skyscapes' category). Visit How to photograph the Moon for expert tips.

Winner of the IAPY 2015 Our Moon category

The 2015 winner for the Our Moon category was ‘Full Face of our Moon’ by András Papp (Hungary). Shot in Veszprémvarsány, Győr-Moson-Sopron County, Hungary, it was taken using a GPU Optical telescope, a Sky-watcher HEQ5 mount, a 5-inch f/9.45 telescope lens and an Imaging Source DMK41AF04 camera with a 2400mm lens. The image was obtained with 1/192- and 2-second exposures.

András said of his shot: 'I started my project to capture the whole of the Moon’s face on camera by focusing on the dark half of the lunar disc. I went through along the terminator (the boundary between light and dark) and then I had plenty of time to capture the rest of the dark side. I continued shooting the dark side with the parts furthest from the terminator and I finished by capturing the terminator area. To preserve the sense of the Moon caught at exactly at half phase, I recorded all the images on the same night.'

Competition judge Marek Kukula commented: ‘The perfect symmetry of this half-moon shot gives it a very striking appearance and the combination of crisp detail on the sunlit side and the faint glow of reflected Earth-light on the dark side is very impressive.’ 

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition

The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, sponsored by Insight Investment, 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. 

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