The highly commended image for the People and Space category of the 2016 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 2016 People and Space category

The 2016 highly commended entry for the People and Space category is 'A Wise Son Makes a Glad Father' by Robin Stuart (Kenya), taken at Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya on 18 July 2015 using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera with 14 mm f/2.8 lens, at ISO 4000 with 30-second exposure.

What the photographer says

‘The Maasai people are semi-nomadic, using the stars to navigate across the East African plains. My goal was to capture the moment when a father passes his knowledge of the stars down to his son, and how to use the Milky Way and their hut as compositional elements. When I visited and sought out the perfect spot for the shot I’d planned, it just happened to be completely covered in dried cow excrement. It was a novel experience, but as the image shows, a fruitful one!’ Robin Stuart

What the judges say

‘As far as human history has been recorded, people have been observing the skies. What this picture reminds you is that you don’t need a powerful telescope or electronic gadgets to enjoy stargazing. It movingly expresses the wonders of knowledge passed on from generation to generation.’ 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. 

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