This long-exposure photo, by Christoph Otawa, shows star trails over Tre Cime di Lavaredo, three peaks in the Dolomite mountain range, a UN World Heritage site in northeastern Italy. The roadway is lit up by lights from cars.
The image is the second place winner in the Beauty of the Night Sky category of the Third International Earth and Sky Photo Contest, organised by The World at Night and Global Astronomy Month along with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. Photos submitted for the competition were all taken since the beginning of 2011 and had to be taken combining elements of the night sky as the backdrop to a notable location or landmark; ie landscape astrophotographs. The contest was open to anyone anywhere around the world. There were around 600 submissions from 50 countries and territories.
Image details: 36x300s; ISO500; Canon 5Dmkll; Walimex 14mm/2.8 @4.5