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Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year Contest - Shortlisted Entry

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year Contest - Shortlisted Entry

The end-all-be-all in astrophotography is Britain's Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year photo contest, sponsored by the Greenwich Royal Observatory Museum. This is the World Series of night sky photos, the largest of its kind, and this year my picture, Holding Due North, has been shortlisted in the contest. It has "already beaten out thousands of other entries," and secured a place beside some of the absolute best astro photos in the world. 

I remember when I began taking star trail pictures - invariably leaving my camera to its remote with incorrect settings that resulted in mornings of viewing unusable photos. It is been a trial and error process, but one not without some humor. I've had mule deer lick the lens of my camera, seen great horned owls perch on top of century-old buildings I used in my foreground, seen the tracks of a black bear who walked tight circles around my tripod, and occasionally, if returning in the dark to gather my gear, have wondered, "Now, just where in the hell did I set this thing up at?"

I have always loved the sky at night. The depth of our universe - what unimaginably tiny portion of it we can see - the soft band of the Milky Way, arcing across Montana like a celestial rainbow, or the orange glow of a harvest moon. Drawn to all things off the beaten path, night sky photography is another way for me to explore what often goes unseen. 

Please look at the link attached here, and share it, too, a film created from some of this year's Insight Astronomy short-listed entries. They are stunning across the board, and I'm fortunate beyond fortunate to be a part of it. 



Looks like I made the July 23 edition of Newsweek! 

Here is a link to an article in Country Living that features all the shortlisted entries. Some remarkable photography!





  • Jeremy Pike

    Nice work, Jake!

  • Kevin Ingalls

    Wow, amazing photo Jake, I’m happy for your success!

  • Anonymous

    Congrats my friend !! Your work is incredible…. Truly stunning images that you capture and share with us all.

  • Rosy Parsons

    Such a perfect telling of it- the owls, deer, and bear, the disorientation of wondering where the camera had been placed, and of course…. Holding Due North. Sublime. Glad they opened the video with it; hope it keeps charging forward!

  • Robin Wicks

    You are a master artist sharing insight by capturing the elusive using lens and word!! Well deserved, congratulations!!

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