The runner-up 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.

Runner-up of the IAPY 2015 People and Space category

The 2015 runner-up for the People and Space category was ‘Eternity and Astrophotographer’ Yuri Zvezdny (Russia). Shot from San Pedro de Atacama, a town in northern Chile, it was taken using a Canon 6D camera with a Ioptron SkyTracker mount and 24mm f/4 lens. The image was obtained with ISO 3200 and 15 60-second exposures.

Yuri told us: 'This photo was taken in the Atacama Desert, Chile, near the town of San Pedro de Atacama. It’s a big panorama. Man is so small compared with the cosmos, but we come from there. We are connected with the cosmos. The connection between the earthly and heavenly, between the eternal and instantaneous — these thoughts occur when the mind contemplates eternity. They are a source of deep spiritual experiences.'

Competition judge Melanie Vandenbrouck said of the photo: ‘ It is rare to see an astrophotographer at work, poised at his computer, telescope ready to capture the star-studded spectacle above. It gives you a sense of what it is like, to sit in a field at night, and stare at the heavens for hours on end.’

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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