The runner-up image for the Our Moon category of the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 competition.
The Our Moon category is for lunar images, including lunar eclipses and occultation of planets. It excludes shots of the Moon with earthly landscapes (these belong in the 'Skyscapes' category). Visit How to photograph the Moon for expert tips.
Runner-up of the IAPY 2016 Our Moon category
The 2015 winner for the Our Moon category is 'Rise Lunation' by Katherine Young (Sweden), taken at Serramazzoni, Emilia-Romagna, Italy on 26 December 2015 using a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS camera with 215 mm f/6.5 lens, at ISO 400 with a ½-second exposure.
What the photographer says
‘As the Moon rises, I love the way it ripples and shimmers – it extends and reaches as though it is climbing out of this world. The Moon was at an altitude of +8 and an azimuth of 75, a day after being a full Moon. Here it is on the wane [the illuminated portion decreasing in size]. The atmosphere usually makes the horizon look blurry, so to portray it otherwise would be dishonest.’ Katherine Young
What the judges say
‘These rippling distortions of the rising Moon remind us that we really do live at the bottom of an ocean of air.’ Marek Kukula
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.