Portuguese ‘astrophotographer’ nominated for prestigious award

Portuguese astrophotographer Miguel Claro has done it again: after being nominated for 2018’s ‘Astronomy Photographer of the Year’ with 11 extraordinary images selected, a new shot entitled Titanium Moon has seen him shortlisted by the Royal Observatory in Greenwich for another crack at the top prize.

Captured at the Official Observatory of Dark Sky Alqueva, sited near Reguengos de Monsaraz, Titanium Moon “reveals the real appearance of the moon”, writes the Guardian newspaper, explaining that the “blue hues that can be seen on the seas like Mare Tranqillitatis or Mare Fecunditatis are areas rich in titanium”.

The competition, now in its 11th year, has “broken the record of entries” this time round, receiving more than 4600 photographs from both amateurs and professionals from 90 countries.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, on September 12 – with an exhibition of the winning and shortlisted images starting a day later.

As for Miguel Claro, he remains as busy as ever, regularly uploading new shots on his Facebook page.

Regarding Titanium Moon he tells his followers that as a Portuguese photographer, he feels honoured to have been shortlisted.

If he wins Claro will be taking home a cheque for £10,000. But win or lose, the 42-year-old is more of a meteorite than a rising star in his profession. For a peek at his biographer, click here.

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Photo: Miguel Claro