The winning image for the People and Space category of the 2015 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 2015 People and Space category
The 2015 winner for the People and Space category was ‘Sunset Peak Star Trail by Chap Him Wong (Hong Kong). Shot from Sunset Peak on Lantau Island, Hong Kong, it was taken using a Canon 6D camera with a 14mm f/4 lens, with ISO 1600 and a 3600-second exposure.
At 869 metres (2851 feet), Sunset Peak is Hong Kong's third-highest mountain and it is particularly beautiful in autumn. The stone cottages on its slopes were originally built by the British and other westerners for their summer vacations: now these old buildings have become wind shelters for campers. Above the peak covered with gold and silver grass, the tantalising sky reveals the Milky Way and stars beyond. Little wonder that Sunset Peak has become one of the most popular locations for hiking and photography in Hong Kong.
Competition judge Chris Bramley said of the photo: ‘The long exposure used to achieve the star trails and winding paths of light creates a unique and beautiful record of our existence on the Planet as it travels through space'.
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.