IAPY 2016 The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer: Winner

The winning image for The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer in the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 competition.

The Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer looks at photos from entrants who have recently taken up astrophotography as a hobby.

Winner of the IAPY 2016 Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer

The 2015 winner for the Best Newcomer Special Prize is 'Large Magellanic Cloud' by Carlos Fairbairn (Brazil), taken at Luziânia, Goiás, Brazil (15 August 2015), using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera with Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer mount, with Canon 200 mm f/2.8 lens at f/4 lens, at ISO 6400 with 1.5-hour total exposure.

What the photographer says

‘As I live in a big city, I need darker skies. So during 2015 I attended my first astrophotography event, which is where I took this photo. The Large Magellanic Cloud is one of the jewels of the southern sky that can be seen with the unaided eye. It’s a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, lying about 14,000 light years from us.’ Carlos Fairbairn

What the judges say

‘A newcomer serving us an image worthy of an experienced master, capturing the mystique and fascination of the Large Magellanic Cloud. I can hear Sir Patrick in my imagination saying “Yes, quite simply a superb image. A very, very worthy winner indeed”.’ 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. 

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