The highly commended image for the People and Space category of the 2015 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
The People and Space category features photographs of the night sky that include people or a human-interest element.
Highly Commended for the IAPY 2015 People and Space category
The highly commended image for the 2015 People and Space category was ‘Interaction’ by Tommy Eliassen (Norway). Shot in Hemnesberget, Nordland, in Norway, it was taken using a Nikon D800 camera with a 14mm lens, with ISO 2000 and an eight-second exposure.
Tommy told us: 'On 17 March, a CME [coronal mass ejection] hit Earth’s magnetic field, sparking the strongest geomagnetic storm of the current solar cycle. Luckily for me the sky cleared up for a few hours and I could witness the most brilliant aurora I’ve ever seen.'
Competition judge Pete Lawrence said of the photo: ‘This looks like the poster for a sci-fi film! An auroral corona results from looking up at the curtain of glowing atoms aligned by Earth’s magnetic field. Perspective makes them look as if they are converging to a point. Here it looks as if the silhouetted figure is about to be warped across the Universe! Fantastic shot and very dramatic.’
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.