Sharafkhaneh Port and Lake Urmia – Royal Museums Greenwich Shop
Sharafkhaneh Port and Lake Urmia

© Masoud Ghadiri

Sharafkhaneh Port and Lake Urmia

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Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year is the largest international competition of its kind. Organised by the Royal Observatory Greenwich and sponsored by Insight Investment, the competition receives entries from photographers all around the world. It annually showcases the best space photography from a global community of astrophotographers.

Lake Urmia used to be the largest saltwater lake in the Middle East. Unfortunately, due to climate change, damming of rivers and low rainfall, the lake now contains only five per cent of the amount of water it used to contain two decades ago. Sharafkhaneh Port also used to be very touristic, dynamic and lively. The ship shown was 6 km from the port. Because of the lack of suitable transport, we took a motorcycle for 2.5 km and walked the rest of the way. After six hours of photographing, we hiked the whole 6 km back to the port carrying a backpack full of equipment. The summer Milky Way is visible in this photo. On the galaxy zone, Saturn is located besides the Lagoon Nebula. On the right of the horizon, you can see the extreme light pollution of Urmia, which is caused by ever-increasing city development.

Masoud Ghadiri
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