1) Patrick Cullis of the U.S. was “highly commended” in the “Earth and Space” category for this photo, taken with the aid of a high-altitude balloon.
Poised on the brink of space, this astonishing shot shows the curving Earth with the towering Rocky Mountains reduced to tiny wrinkles on the surface below.
The moon appears as a distant point of light. Launched from Boulder, Colorado, the balloon was at the 87,000-foot level when the image was made.
2) Germany’s Eugen Kamenew was the winner in the “People and Space” category for this photo of an eclipse in Kenya.
The sun and moon sink together behind a Kenyan savanna skyline, locked in an eclipse in which the moon is silhouetted against the sun’s bright disc. This rare example of a hybrid solar eclipse took place in November 2013, beginning at sunrise over the western Atlantic as an annular eclipse, in which the moon does not entirely block the sun, leaving a bright ring uncovered. As the moon’s shadow swept across the ocean the eclipse became total.
By the time the eclipse reached Kenya the sun was once again emerging from behind the moon, creating this breathtaking crescent shape at sunset.
via NBC News