Table Mountain photo wins Inte

Eric Nathan

Table Mountain photo wins International Earth and Sky Photo Contest

Eric Nathan has perfectly captured the natural beauty of South Africa’s starry skies in his winning image, ‘Star Trails Above Table Mountain’.

Table Mountain photo wins Inte

Eric Nathan

South African photographer, Eric Nathan, has won the 6th annual International Earth and Sky Photo Contest on Dark Skies in 2015.

Nathan was the overall contest winner and took first prize in the Against the Lights category for his ‘Star Trails Above Table Mountain’ image.

Star trails over Cape Town, South Africa.

“The image juxtaposes a moonlit Table Mountain and the star trails above it with the artificial lights of Cape Town, a stack of over nine hundred 30-second exposures,” explained Nathan.

The competition is organised by The World at Night (TWAN). This year’s theme is Dark Skies Importance and, according to TWAN, the contest aims to “reclaim the natural beauty of starry sky and to help preserving the dark skies which are not yet dominated by artificial lights”.

The contest saw approximately 1,000 entries from 54 countries.

Contest Judge James Richardson, a long-time National Geographic photographer, said the following about the winning image:

“The play of light patterns here, with the circling stars set against the urban labyrinths, makes this image a delight to explore, while at the same time showing the power of city lights to dominate the natural world.”

The time-lapse video below, captured during a 15-hour camp out on Lion’s Head, is made up of the exact same images used in Nathan’s winning composite image.

The zoom effect created in the video is possible on account of the extremely high resolution of the original images.

Take a look at all the winning photographs and special honours from this year’s contest:

Stunning Nightscapes: Earth & Sky Photo Contest 2015 from Babak Tafreshi on Vimeo.