The runner-up 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.
Runner-up of the IAPY 2015 Skyscapes category
The 2015 runner-up for the Skyscapes category is 'Sunderland Noctilucent Cloud Display' by Matt Robinson (UK), taken from Seaburn Beach in Sunderland, UK. It was taken with a Canon EOS 1100D camera with a 18mm f/13 lens, and with a ISO 400 and a 20-second exposure.
Matt told us: 'There had been nightly displays of noctilucent clouds for up to seven days prior to this photo being taken. However, this display was like no other I had ever witnessed. I only intended to photograph it for an hour at the very longest, but four hours later I was still out as the display and the colours became more vibrant. I would even say this was better than seeing the aurora in February of the same year; it was truly breathtaking. I am proud to say this is my first ever attempt at astrophotography.'
Competition judge Jon Culshaw said of the photo: ‘As great a noctilucent cloud image as I’ve ever seen. I love the fact that it’s Sunderland, too. The delicate detail in the cloud is beautifully captured and so is the way it harmonises and is reflected by the surroundings.’
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.