Sky is no limit for win­ning snap­per David

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

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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