The highly commended image for the Skyscapes category of the 2015 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
The Skyscapes category is for landscape and cityscape images of twilight and the night sky featuring the Milky Way, star trails, meteor showers, comets, conjuctions, constellation rises, halos and noctilucent clouds alongside elements of earthly scenery.
Highly Commended for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 Skyscapes category
The highly commended image for the 2015 Skyscapes category is 'River of Light' by Martin Campbell (UK). This photo was taken in Lac d’Aumar Parc National des Pyrénées, in the Hautes-Pyrénées area of France, using a Canon 85mm f/1.8 telescope, a Vixen Photo Guider mount and a Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera with f/4 lens. It was achieved with ISO 1600 and with five 2-minute exposures.
It was taken nearly 3000 metres (9843 feet) above sea level, and shows a vista into outer space, perfectly framed by the Hautes-Pyrénées. The breathtaking sight of the Milky Way can be seen rising over soaring peaks, boasting astonishing star clouds and nebulae.
Competition judge Pete Lawrence commented: ‘The scale of our galaxy has been brought out superbly by using the distant silhouetted treescape. What a sky! Filled with stars, nebulae, clusters and dark dust lanes, this is the core of our galaxy at its best. The remarkable clarity of the sky at 3000m, with no significant light pollution, is very impressive indeed!’
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.