Our moon is over a third of a million kilometres away, yet it is seemingly close enough to reach out and touch. It remains a constant reminder of our first stepping stone on a journey of exploration out into the Solar System and beyond.

For centuries we have gazed up at our cosmic companion and been captivated and inspired, and as soon as it was possible, we began to photograph it.  

Find out more about the winning images and explore the full shortlist below.

The winning image

Beyond the Limb by Nicolas Lefaudeux

Image taken in Forges-les-Bains, Île-de-France, France

Beyond the Limb by Nicolas Lefaudeux

"In a perspective reminiscent of the Apollo missions, the lunar horizon is crowned with a planet crescent. However this is not Earth rising above the Moon," Nicolas says.

"Venus just before it gets occulted by the Moon, as observed from our home planet in daylight. The rocky horizon of the Moon appeared very dark in contrast with the gleaming crescent of the planet enshrouded by white clouds."

Equipment used: Celestron C11 2800 mm telescope at f/10, iOptron iEQ30 mount, Basler ACA2500-14GC camera. Occultation: 1 x 2.5-millisecond exposures. Venus: 50 x 2.5-millisecond exposures. Moon: 200 x 15-millisecond exposures 

This image really wowed me. I can't even work out how you take a photo like this without being on the Moon!

Sheila Kanani, Competition Judge


Lunar Halo by Goran Strand

Image taken in Östersund, Jämtland County, Sweden

Lunar Halo by Göran Strand

"When I took this photo it was -16°C and the air was filled with small ice crystals that made this halo possible." Goran recalls.

"This regular 22° halo is more commonly seen around the Sun. The moonlight needs to be quite strong to make the halo visible, so it's more common around the days of a full moon. Last night the Moon was 90% lit so almost full. To the left you can see the city lights of Östersund, Sweden, and at 5 o'clock in the halo you can see it crossing the constellation of Orion. In the foreground you can see the tracks from a rabbit that hopped up to the trees."

Equipment used: Nikon Z6 II camera, 14 mm f/5.6 lens, ISO 200, 6 x 15-second exposures 

I really love this picture as it beautifully captured the Moon in a way we rarely see it, showing us that even on a calm winter's night, it can still take your breath away

Melissa Brobby, Competition Judge

Highly Commended

Iridum to Imbrium by Stefan Buda

Image taken in St Kilda East, Victoria, Australia

Iridum to Imbrium by Stefan Buda

"This is one of my favourite lunar vistas." Stefan recalls.

"I find that bringing out the subtle mineral colours of the lunar surface (by increasing colour saturation) tends to bring to life the otherwise very stark and desolate landscape – making Buzz Aldrin's ‘magnificent desolation’ a bit less desolate."

Equipment used: Self-built Dall-Kirkham 405 mm telescope at f/16, self-built Alt-Azimuth fork mount, Astrodon RGB filters, ZWO ASI120MM camera, 9,000 x 0.0625-second exposures  

We're looking at an ancient landscape flooded with long-solidified molten material that created the smooth plains caught in this image. Yet look closer and you can see the photographer has not only resolved detail down to tiny craterlets in the Maria itself but has even teased out the different colours of minerals present within it

Steve Marsh, Competition Judge