Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 Our Sun: Winner and Overall Winner

The winning image for the Our Sun category, and overall winner of the 2016 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

The Our Sun category is for solar images, including solar eclipses and transits. It excludes shots of the sun with earthly landscapes (these are part of the 'Skyscapes' category). 

Overall Competition Winner 2016, and Winner of the Our Sun category

The 2016 winner for the Our Sun category as well as overall competition winner is 'Baily’s Beads' by Yu Jun (China), taken in Luwuk, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia on 9 March 2016, using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera with Sigma DG OS HSM 150–600 mm f/5–f/6.3 lens at 600 mm f/10, at ISO 100 with multiple 1/1600-second exposure.

What the photographer says

‘I took a series of photos of the 2016 total solar eclipse and stacked them to show the dramatic ‘Baily’s Beads’ formation. Baily’s Beads [named after English astronomer Francis Baily] occur as the Moon passes in front of the Sun. From Earth it seems like the sunlight around the edge of the Moon is broken into fragments because of the uneven lunar surface. This creates the illusion of a string of bright beads encircling the Moon.’ Yu Jun

What the judges say

‘Although I’ve seen similar attempts at this type of image before, I’ve never seen it done as well as this. The final result conveys the exciting and dynamic manner in which solar totality begins and ends. Look at the image at full resolution and the amount of detail visible is breathtaking. A worthy winner!’ Pete Lawrence 

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. 

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