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I love the detail in the foreground. It puts a perspective on the aurora and gives a scale to this phenomenon.
Alan Sparrow, Chair of the UK Picture Editors’ Guild and Director of the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards
If an image is worth a thousand words, this one definitely encompasses that. The amount of elements to explore in this frame is impressive. Even more impressive is the way the elements come together in a balanced composition: the Milky Way arch above intersects with the aurora and the human presence points towards the landscape below, which puts up a light show of its own. I especially liked spotting the footprints in the snow.
Oana Sandu, Community Coordinator and Communication Strategy Officer at the European Southern Observatory (ESO
I love the colours and reflections of the Aurora Australis. The parallel magnetic field lines show up well in the red aurora and seem to point up to the Magellanic Clouds, contrasting nicely with the diffuse green aurora that draws the eye back down to the foreground.
Mandy Bailey, Astronomy Secretary for the Royal Astronomical Society, and lecturer with the Open University
There’s a lovely tranquil feeling in this photograph. The subtle colours of the aurora contrasted by the storm clouds and the boat brings this beautiful and unique view to life.
Rebecca Roth, Image Coordinator and Social Media Specialist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, USA.