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The total lunar eclipse of January 2018 was widely seen across Europe, Africa and the Americas. In this composite photo, the Moon is drifting into the Earth’s shadow from the right to the left. The deep red colour occurs as sunlight, having been filtered through the atmosphere, spills into our planet’s shadow. Such events were once a source of great concern to superstitious onlookers, but eclipses are both benign and predictable, and of course spectacular to witness.
Tom Kerss, astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich
For a single multiple-exposure image to capture this event with such positional precision, creative innovation and beauty is nothing short of masterful. The colours of our atmosphere projected onto the Moon’s disc during the eclipse are not only artistically pleasing, but also offer an understanding of such events and can reveal aspects of our own, thin, yet essential atmosphere. In a year that celebrates 50 years since the first lunar landings, is it fitting that this year’s overall winning image captures such a dynamic and captivating view of the Moon. A worthy winner indeed.
Ed Robinson, award-winning photographer, director, creative director and founder of OneRedEye Visual Communications
At first glance you may not realise how special this image is. Look closer and the pin-sharp detail of every single feature on the visible surface of the Moon shows that it was captured during a split second of perfectly still seeing. The photographer’s subtle processing has kept the natural colour of our daytime Moon intact.
Steve Marsh, Art Editor for BBC Sky at Night Magazine
If photography is 'drawing with light', here it seems to be painting with light, with each luminous brushstroke clearly delineated on the boundless canvas of the night sky. A painting that is expressionist in feel with its sense of drama and momentum.
Melanie Vandenbrouck, Curator of Art at Royal Museums Greenwich