The winning 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.
Winner of the IAPY 2016 Our Moon category
The 2015 winner for the Our Moon category is 'From Maurolycus to Moretus' by Jordi Delpeix Borrell (Spain), taken at L’Ametlla del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain on 30 November 2015 using a Celestron 14-inch telescope with Sky-Watcher NEQ6 Pro mount and a ZWO ASI 120mm camera, stacked 500 of 3600 frames.
What the photographer says
‘This is the Moon of my dreams! Craters overlap, butt against each other and extend to the horizon. As we can see in this lunar landscape, the southern region of our Moon always offers amazing views. In this image we can see a lot of big and spectacular impact craters, like Barocius, Baco, Cuvier, Lillius and Jacobi.’ Jordi Delpeix Borrell
What the judges say
‘The clarity of the view and the exquisite detail – right down to the countless, tiny craters peppering the whole scene – is what stands out to me in this striking image. It’s reminiscent of the pictures we’ve seen returned from distant worlds by orbiting spacecraft, and certainly every bit as evocative.’ Will Gater
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.