August 10, 2016 Melanie Windridge

Getting that winning shot

This Aurora Story is a glimpse into what it takes to get *that* aurora shot.

Arild Heitmann’s photograph ‘Sumo Waggle Adventure’ was highly commended for the 2015 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. It was taken at the Lomaas River in Skånland, Norway.

In this video made by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, we find out about the extreme conditions aurora photographers sometimes face to get the perfect shot.

Visit the Royal Observatory Greenwich website to read more about Arild’s photograph and others entered for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. You can even buy Aurora Sours apple sweets that were inspired by Arild’s shot! They are available from the museum shop.

And do check out Arild Heitmann’s website – his homepage is full of the most glorious images!

The winners of the 2016 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition will be announced on 15th September and the images will be on display from Saturday 17 September 2016.

About the Author

Melanie Windridge Dr Melanie Windridge is a plasma physicist, speaker, writer… with a taste for adventure. She has a PhD in fusion energy, is Communications Consultant for fusion start-up Tokamak Energy, and has worked in education with the Ogden Trust, Anturus and the Your Life campaign. Melanie is an expert in the aurora and loves the mountains. She believes science and exploration go hand in hand. In 2018 she climbed Mount Everest.