Lunar eclipses

Incredible image of January’s total lunar eclipse scoops top award

‘Into the Shadow’ tops Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019

This stunning composite image of January’s total lunar eclipse has scooped the title of Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 at London’s Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Hungarian photographer László Francsics secured the £10,000 top prize, with his image now taking pride of place in the exhibition of winning photographs opening at the National Maritime Museum on 13 September 2019.

‘Into the Shadow’ captivated and astounded the judges. Taken in Budapest, Hungary, the photograph depicts a creative and artistic composition of the 35 phases of the total lunar eclipse that occurred on January 21, 2019.

“For a single multiple-exposure image to capture this event with such positional precision, creative innovation and beauty is nothing short of masterful,” says competition judge Ed Robinson. “The colors 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 that can reveal aspects of our own, thin, yet essential part of our atmosphere.”

Another judge, Oana Sandu from the European Southern Observatory (ESO), said: “The original composition, the quality of the shots themselves, the chromatic and visual impact, all make for a photograph that will catch the viewer’s eye and interest.”

Picture credit: Into the Shadow © László Francsics