Sky is no limit for winning snapper David
AN amateur photographer has bagged a prestigious award for his picture of outer space.
David Tolliday, 60, a chartered surveyor who lives with his wife Jen in Tytherington, scooped the Sir Patrick Moore Prize for Best Newcomer in the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 competition.
The award is open to photographers who have been taking images of the cosmos for a year or less.
David’s photograph of the Orion nebula, a cloud of gas and dust visible at night, was described by judge, comedian and amateur astronomer Jon Culshaw, as ‘wonderful, like cigarette smoke in a club-grey, blue and raspberry contrasting shades beautifully captured.’
The photograph was taken from a special dark sky site in the Elan Valley in Wales using a long 500mm lens and is a combination of five exposures to capture the brightness of the nebula’s different parts.
David, who attended a champagne awards ceremony at the Royal Observatory in London, said: “It felt great to win and see my photo on the planetarium roof.
“It was my first serious attempt at astrophotography as I usually photograph wildlife, so it felt quite bizarre.”
The photo will be featured in the book ‘Insight Astrophotographer of the Year 2015’ and in an exhibition at the Royal Observatory until the end of June next year.
David Tolliday’s winning photo of the Orion nebula (far left) on show at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and David at the awards ceremony with wife Jen
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