The winning 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.
Winner of the IAPY 2016 People and Space category
The 2016 winner for the People and Space category is 'City Lights' by Wing Ka Ho (Hong Kong) , taken at Quarry Bay, Hong Kong on 18 October 2015, using a Canon EOS 6D camera with 24 mm f/8 lens, at ISO 400 with 10-second exposure.
What the photographer says
‘In Hong Kong the streets and buildings are dotted with countless light pipes and huge neon signs which cause serious light pollution. When the city falls asleep at night, only a few stars can be seen regularly in urban areas, and only on the clearest evenings. Here, a long exposure appears to draw out the stars into long trails as the Earth rotates beneath them.’ Wing Ka Ho
What the judges say
‘Another of my favourites from the entire competition. It shows that wherever you are in the world, no matter how congested or light-polluted your surroundings, astronomy is still possible. What a brilliantly imagined concept for a shot.’ Jon Culshaw
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.