After over 22,000 votes were cast, the People's Choice Award 2019 from the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has been revealed – and it's absolutely stunning. The astro photography photo that won the hearts and eyes of thousands of people came from Miguel Claro and consists of 120 separate images.
'The Titanium Moon' is a high-resolution mosaic composed of four panels, each one made from 30 images, combined together to reveal a sharp and detailed surface. The color was also slightly boosted to show differences in the chemical constitution of the lunar surface and changes in mineral content that produce subtle color variations in reflected light.
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Miguel Claro's image was chosen by the public after the National Maritime Museum selected 25 photos to be part of the People's Choice Awards. These images were judged both online and in the exhibition gallery between 12 September 2019 and 23 February 2020. Second place was awarded to Marcin Zajac for 'Ageless' and third place went to Masoud Ghadiri for 'Sharafkhane Port and Lake Urmia'.
If you're interested in throwing your hat into the ring for the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020 competition, you've only got less than two weeks to enter your astro photography. The competition is open to photographers of all skill levels, from beginner to professional, but will close at 12PM on 6 March 2020.
The overall winner will take home a top prize of £10,000 and see their image take pride of place in the accompanying exhibition, which will open at the National Maritime Museum on 11 September 2020.
Check out the other commended images from the 2019 People's Choice Award below and buy tickets for the exhibition at the National Maritime Museum here. If you're interested in entering the 2020 competition, check out the entry page here.
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