The highly commended image for the Aurorae category of the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 competition.
The Aurorae category is for photos featuring auroral activity - that is, natural light displays in the sky. The most famous aurorae are, of course, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), which can take on many shapes and forms as they are moulded by the Earth's complex magnetic field. See How to photograph aurorae for expert tips.
Highly commended for the IAPY 2016 Aurorae category
The 2016 highly commended image for the Aurorae category is 'Corona' by Bernt Olsen (Norway), taken in Tromsø, Norway on 15 March 2015 using a Nikon D800 camera with a Nikkor 14–24 mm f/2.8 lens, at ISO 3200 with a 3-second exposure.
What the photographer says
‘This is a Northern Lights corona outburst processed in Lightroom with just a touch of clarity. Otherwise it is straight out of the camera. The image was taken at Sommarøya, just a couple of miles outside the city of Tromsø in Norway. It shows quite a strong aurora corona outburst with the Big Dipper [part of the constellation Ursa Major] at the centre.’ Bernt Olsen
What the judges say
‘A spectacular vortex of dazzling emerald beams! Seeing the aurora directly from beneath gives you the feeling that the sky might fall on your head, or even swallow you up, into a portal to another world.’ Melanie Vandenbrouck
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.