The highly commended image for the Our Moon category of the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 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.
Highly commended for the IAPY 2016 Our Moon category
The 2015 highly commended entry for the Our Moon category is 'Moonrise at the Pier' by Sergio Garcia (Mexico), taken at Galveston, Texas, USA on 23 January 2016, using a Nikon D750 camera, with 600 mm f/6.3 lens, at ISO 800 with 1/80-second exposure.
What the photographer says
‘This is an eight-image panorama of the full Moon rising over the Galveston Island Pleasure Pier. A cold front moved in and the sky was particularly clear. I looked for the location where the Moon would rise and planned to take these shots when it would look larger due to the distortion of the atmosphere.’ Sergio Garcia
What the judges say
‘A great picture of contrasts – planes and curves, bold colours and dusky atmosphere, human leisure and lunar features. The straight lines of the seashore and pier are perfectly balanced by the twirling loops of the roller coaster, the Ferris wheel and the Moon.’ 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.