A shot in the dark, a flash of brilliance

Mr Albert Tan's stellar shot of the Milky Way galaxy shimmering above traditional yurts in Inner Mongolia has won him the second place in the National Awards category at this year's Sony World Photography Awards.

The Singaporean's image was among the 227,596 entries from 183 countries submitted for the annual awards, hosted by the World Photography Organisation.

Night sky photography can be a challenge for city-dwellers.

Light pollution caused by street lights and other man-made sources can obscure much of heaven's wonders.

This is why many shutterbugs head to remote corners of our planet in search of truly dark skies.

Mr Tan's winning photo will be displayed at the Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr - 2017 Exhibition at Somerset House in London.

The exhibition will run from April 21 to May 7.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2017, with the headline 'A shot in the dark, a flash of brilliance'. Print Edition | Subscribe