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An image titled “Star Trails Above Table Mountain” is the overall winner in the 6th International Earth and Sky Photo Contest on Dark Skies Importance. It also bagged first prize in the Against the Lights category.

A starry Table Mountain image wins an international photo contest

Photographer Eric Nathan, who lives in South Africa and the United Kingdom, took the photo in June 2014.  According to The World at Night (TWAN), Eric noted that the image juxtaposes a moonlit Table Mountain and the star trails above it with the artificial lights of Cape Town, a stack of more than 900 30-second exposures.

Contest judge David Malin commented that the view of Table Mountain from the summit of Lion’s Head is spectacular in daylight but is astonishing by night.

Long-time National Geographic photographer and judge, James Richardson added that the play of light patterns with the circling stars set against the urban labyrinths, makes the image a delight to explore, while at the same time showing the power of city lights to dominate the natural world.

The image was among 1 000 entries taken in more than 50 countries and territories.


On a related note:

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway awarded 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Accolades for the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway just keep rolling in ... this time, we are proud to announce that we’ve been awarded a 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

This incredible achievement sees us being recognised as a top-performing attraction as reviewed by you, our visitors, on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.

Now in their fifth year, the Certificates of Excellence celebrate excellence in hospitality and are given only to establishments that consistently achieve great reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodation establishments, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience. 

We’ve been a firm favourite of TripAdvisor users for the past few years, with Table Mountain being voted as one of 2013's most-talked-about attractions in the world, and winning its first Certificate of Excellence last year.

We owe our accomplishment to your great reviews, as seen below.

Cindy B from Washington, DC gave us five stars:

Coolest thing to do in Cape Town at sunset!!! Take the last cable car of the day (5pm after May 1) to the summit of Table Mountain in order to a watch a masterpiece of creation each evening at sunset

Lulubella1000, Port Elizabeth:

This is a truly special trip and a lovely way to spend an afternoon. It's busy, but the queues go quickly. The views from the cable car and from the top of the mountain are worth seeing over and over again. We love having lunch on top of the mountain!

Tommy T from Repentigny in Canada gave us four stars:

The cable car allows you to get on top and enjoy the panorama without the dreadful sweats and pain of a hike. The views from the top are simply jaw-dropping. Book your tickets online so you can skip the queue.

Fomc, Johannesburg, said:

Go on a clear day as the views will be breathtaking. This is a well-run and organized sight and a must do when in Cape Town.

BeaBea2010, London, United Kingdom felt we were worth five stars too:

Why wouldn’t you go - surely this is one of the reasons why you're in Cape Town!! The cable car up is quick and efficient. The inside of the car is on a turntable, so it rotates one turn during the ascent / descent. This means it doesn't matter where you stand when you get on! The views were amazing at the top of the mountain, and you were able to follow some paths and walk around the plateau. There was plenty of flowers and wildlife to see!

Thank you for sharing your Cableway visits with the world!


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