The runner-up 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.

Runner-up in the IAPY 2016 People and Space category

The 2016 runner-up in the People and Space category is 'Man on the Moon' by Dani Caxete (Spain) at Cadalso de los Vidrios, Madrid, Spain on 23 January 2016, using a Long Perng ED80 f/6.2 telescope and Nikon D610 camera, at ISO 1250 with 1/320-second exposure.

What the photographer says

‘This is a really complicated picture created with the help of a good friend posing on top of the mountain (Peña Muñana in Cadalso de los Vidrios). The hardest part was getting to the location and then discovering that he had left the tripod at home. We improvised by using a coat on a fence to support my telescope and camera.’ Dani Caxete

What the judges say

‘To me this arresting picture hovers between a Hollywood movie shot and a Gothic novel. The silhouette of the photographer’s friend takes the role of an alien creature calling home or a howling werewolf, against the supernatural backdrop of a giant 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. 

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