The 2022 best Moon pictures

By Antoni Cladera

I bet you can't wait to have a look at the 2022 best Moon pictures!

Because seeing pictures from other photographers is by far the best way to get some inspiration, don't you think?

Moon photography is not the easiest of the photography genres. It requires a lot of imagination, thorough planning, and tons of patience.

That's why I encourage you to keep trying until you get the photo you want. Perseverance is the only way to capture jaw-dropping Moon pictures!

And to prove it, have a look at the photos that PhotoPillers like you and me send every day to the PhotoPills Awards.

You'll find hundreds of cool shots!

But since it can be a bit overwhelming, the PhotoPills team (of which I am a proud member!) has selected the 36 best images of 2022.

Do you want to learn how to take the best Moon pictures?

Follow these steps!

  1. Download PhotoPills, the best app for Moon pictures.

  2. Find a cool location.

  3. Get the best camera and best lens for Moon pictures.

  4. Use the best settings for Moon pictures.

OK! Enough chit chat for now...

Here are the best Moon pictures of 2022.

Never stop learning! ;)

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1.David Pineda

full moon behind the Giralda tower in Seville, Spain
Sony a1 | 600mm | f/6.3 | 1/40s | ISO 800
Photo by David Pineda

Location: Seville, Spain

"Moon aligned with La Giralda de Sevilla."

2.Jordi de Febrer

full moon behind a church in Barcelona, Spain
Nikon D850 | 800mm | f/11 | 1/8s | ISO 100
Photo by Jordi de Febrer

Location: Barcelona, Spain

"Full moon behind the Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, on the Tibidabo mountain, Barcelona, Spain."

This is one the 2022 best Moon pictures, as Jordi was January's Moonmaster.

3.Alyn Wallace

moon rays above a waterfall in Wales, UK
Sony a7 III | 14mm | f/2.2 | 30s | ISO 640
Photo by Alyn Wallace

Location: Sgwd Yr Eira, UK

"I trekked 3km through the woods to get to Sgwd yr Eira in the Brecon Beacons hoping to capture some Moon rays, a photograph that's been on my list for over 3 years now. The Moon only comes into the right position in the days around the full Moons of November, December and January, so there's only about 10-12 days of the year that this is possible. Not only that but you need clear skies on one of those days and enough rainfall in the days before so that the waterfall produces a mist in front of it. It was a challenging scene to shoot, standing in the middle of the river in wellies the river shakes your tripod and ruins a lot of the long exposures. Then it was a battle with the mist constantly covering my lens and the -4°C temperature freezing my hands and feet. This is the second waterfall I've achieved this and the sight was just as ethereal and magical as the first time. Felt like I'd walked into Middle Earth."

4.Dave Lyons

waxing crescent moon setting over the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, USA
Nikon D850 | 500mm | f/7.1 | 1/30s | ISO 400
Photo by Dave Lyons

Location: Arlington, USA

"Sunday night's waxing crescent moon setting over the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. It was mostly cloudy skies, but the alignment opportunity plotted with PhotoPills was too good to pass up. While it remained cloudy during most of moon set, the moon was clear for the important minute over the memorial. You never know, so go!"

This is one the 2022 best Moon pictures, as Dave was February's Moonmaster.

5.Soraya Sampedro

full moon over the Tower of Hercules in A Coruña, Spain
Sony a7R III | 400mm | f/10 | 1/160s | ISO 100
Photo by Soraya Sampedro

Location: A Coruña, Spain

"After waiting more than a year to be able to take this photo due to confinement and also the weather, I finally got it. Wolf Moon, first moon of the year 2022 over the Tower of Hercules in A Coruña. This was my first Moon photo planned with PhotoPills. In addition to capturing the Moon, I also tried to capture the seagulls that were flying near the Moon."

6.Joss Demars

Moonset over Sacré Cœur basilica in Paris, France
Canon EOS 90D | 300mm | f/8 | 1.3s | ISO 500
Photo by Joss Demars

Location: Paris, France

"Moonset over Sacré Cœur basilica on Montmartre hill in Paris, France."

7.Yhabril Moro

snowboarders jumping in the night with a full moon behind them
Nikon D750 | 600mm | f/6.3 | 1/640s | ISO 1250
Photo by Yhabril Moro

Location: Pico Malacara, Spain

"A few days before the photo we went up to the place to determine the exact point where the two jumps and the two starters had to be built. Perhaps this is the most complicated part of this planning with @photopills. If you fail to decide the exact place where each thing is built, surely you have lost the photo. It was a high mountain ridge with little space and little slope, therefore it was necessary to build two starters to catch the necessary speed and two runs, one for each rider, and calculate the time it took each one to get to where I wanted them to be at the time of the photo. It was three days of construction it and control the times."

This is one the 2022 best Moon pictures, as Yhabril was March's PhotoPiller of the month.

8.Aflah Zikar

human figure walking along a bridge during blue hour with a crescent moon behind
Canon EOS RP | 100mm | f/4 | 1/15s | ISO 100
Photo by Aflah Zikar

Location: Toronto, Canada

"This alignment I have been chasing for months now getting only one opportunity every month or two and failing due to overcast or bad weather and I finally got a clear day and was able to finally get this shot! Very happy with it!"

This is one the 2022 best Moon pictures, as Aflah was April's Moonmaster.

9.Josh Quattrone

full moon shot at the top of Engelberg, Switzerland
Sony a7 III | 400mm | f/6.3 | 1/250s | ISO 100
Photo by Josh Quattrone

Location: Engelberg, Switzerland

"I had planned a full moon shot at the top of Engelberg, however, after a quick hot chocolate break, went back to check my shot and the moon had already moved out of position lol. So I went down to the bottom of the mountain and was able to capture the next best thing. So all in all best of both worlds. Great hot chocolate and great capture!"

10.Philippe Roques

Moon rises over the Statue of Liberty in Paris, France
Sony a7 III | 560mm | f/9 | 1/10s | ISO 800
Photo by Philippe Roques

Location: Paris, France

"Moon rises over the Statue of Liberty in Paris."


almost full moon atop the Empire State Building in New York City, USA
Sony a7R III | 531mm | f/8 | 1/2s | ISO 500
Photo by Mira

Location: New York City, USA

"January's almost full moon balanced perfectly atop the Empire State Building."

12.Kisko Rodríguez

Full moon rising over the Giralda bell tower in Seville, Spain
Sony a7 III | 600mm | f/6.3 | 1/10s | ISO 1250
Photo by Kisko Rodríguez

Location: Seville, Spain

"Full moon rising over the city of Seville. The photo was taken at the end of the blue hour, about 4.5km away from La Giralda."

13.Patrick Taylor

woman and men holding hands with a full moon behind them
Nikon D7500 | 600mm | f/8 | 1/125s | ISO 800
Photo by Patrick Taylor

Location: Death Valley National Park, USA

"Nothing makes me happier than photographing friends under clear night skies!"

14.Marc Torres

full moon setting over Cap Bernat, Spain
Canon EOS 6D | 313mm | f/9 | 1/60s | ISO 800
Photo by Marc Torres

Location: Ibiza, Spain

"Setting of the February full moon over Cap Bernat, on the beach of Benirràs. "The snow moon"."

15.Toni Sendra

human tower with full moon behind
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | 400mm | f/5.6 | 1/320s | ISO 1000
Photo by Toni Sendra

Location: Requena, Spain

"Climbing to the Moon. It's been more than two years since I started dreaming about this photo. A lot has happened since then, and I think that, in some way, things happen when they have to happen. I have to say that it has been quite a challenge for me, and for @novamuixeranga from Algemesí, who accepted the challenge without hesitation. The so-called pink moon awaited us, the first full moon of this spring... The effort of the pineapple and Pau's synchronized ascent to reach the moon was one of the most magical moments I have ever experienced. It's still hard for me to assimilate what I experienced on Saturday: while the music of the Muixeranga was playing, the human tower rose before me while the moon rose behind them... today I have chosen this photo, but I will certainly publish more, since there are many more. I hope you like the photo, and that you enjoy it as much as I did dreaming and making it. They say that the one who walks alone goes faster, but the one who walks accompanied goes further. And I am lucky to be surrounded by a great team and friends who join me in my madness without thinking twice... the result is there. More than 60 muixaranguers united so that Pau, and all the girls and boys, could achieve a dream... touch the moon... You are going to excuse me for not naming all those who have participated, because surely I have missed someone. But I have to mention the president of Nova Muixeranga, Elba, and Joan @payo_joan, who have been so patient with me. I also cannot fail to mention Leo, Juan, Lucía, Salva and Jess, who have helped me in the technical part of the event and without whom all these crazy things can hardly be carried out successfully. Thanks so much all. Planned with @photopills."

This is one the 2022 best Moon pictures, as Toni was May's PhotoPiller of the month.

16.Eduardo Marcos

crescent moon with Earthshine next to a juniper
Canon 5D MK IV | 16mm | f/11 | 20s | ISO 100
Photo by Eduardo Marcos

Location: Olombrada, Spain

"The king of the wasteland. The gardisancho juniper is a centuries-old icon of Castile. His longevity and his silhouette emerge on the vast plain, with the low mist, it creates an ethereal atmosphere. The crescent moon with the earthshine puts the icing on the photograph."

17.Yhabril Moro

4 cyclists riding downhill in the night towards a rising moon
Nikon D750 | 600mm | f/10 | 1/320s | ISO 640
Photo by Yhabril Moro

Location: Villanúa, Spain

"Using the Moon as a compositional element is always a success. Many times we become obsessed with photographing huge Moons aligned with subjects and we forget about these moments, which are eternal. Moments that occur everyday in nature. In this photo, the planning was focused on filling the frame with all the elements and hitting the perfect light to have everything well lit, including the sky."

18.Stefano Zanarello

the full Moon behind Monviso mount and Superga Church in Turin, Italy
Canon EOS 250D | 560mm | f/8 | 1.3s | ISO 3200
Photo by Stefano Zanarello

Location: Turin, Italy

"The perfect moment... A very uncommon alignment, the full Moon behind Monviso mount and Superga Church. This situation is very uncommon, since normally the Moon trajectory is significantly higher on Monviso. Perfectly planned with Photopills, I waited for this perfect moment for years. Thanks to Photopills for making it possible."

This is one the 2022 best Moon pictures, as Stefano was June's PhotoPiller of the month.

19.Patrick van Os

Supermoon behind the Saint Stephen's Church
Canon R5 | 496mm | f/10 | 1/50s | ISO 800
Photo by Patrick van Os

Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands

"Supermoon behind the Saint Stephen's Church. Already visited this spot a couple of times, but everytime it was cloudy. Last Monday I finally got the shot."

20.George Meletis

Moon rising over the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, Greece
Sony a6400 | 350mm | f/11 | 1.6s | ISO 100
Photo by George Meletis

Location: Cape Sounion, Greece

"Moon rising over the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion. The Temple was believed to be built in 700BC dedicated to the God of the Sea and water. The photo was taken 1.25 km away."

This is one the 2022 best Moon pictures, as George was July's PhotoPiller of the month.

21.Sandeep Mathur

Supermoon aligned with the Taj Mahal in Agra, India
Nikon Z6 | 185mm | f/8 | 1/3s | ISO 500
Photo by Sandeep Mathur

Location: Agra, India

"Supermoon at the Taj. PhotoPills was accurate as usual. The clouds cooperated. Rains kept away. All the best ingredients for a Supermoon Wednesday!"

22.Richie Hannah

rising Moon over the West Tower of the West Village Towers in Calgary, Canada
Nikon D850 | 700mm | f/8 | 1/125s | ISO 64 | 4250K
Photo by Richie Hannah

Location: Calgary, Canada

"Captured the rising Moon over the West Tower of the West Village Towers, just at the start of Golden Hour, at 9:07 PM on July 11th, 2022. The West Village Towers are a nice, fairly new addition to the downtown skyline here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I shot this picture with the much appreciated help of the extremely useful PhotoPills app, and because I could! :)"

23.Sandrine Bonnardot

SuperMoon between the spiers of Clermont Ferrand cathedral in France
Canon EOS 600D | 163mm | f/7.1 | 1/100s | ISO 400
Photo by Sandrine Bonnardot

Location: Clermont-Ferrand, France

"SuperMoon between the spiers of Clermont Ferrand cathedral."

This is one the 2022 best Moon pictures, as Sandrine was August's Moonmaster.

24.Julio Morais

full moon aligned with the Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Canon EOS Rebel T6 | 400mm | f/5.6 | 1/400s | ISO 100
Photo by Julio Morais

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"It took two years trying to make this photo, and with PhotoPills I succeeded. Photo taken in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More plans to come."

25.Shaina Eng

The Full Moon rises over the snowcapped San Gabriel Mountains and Downtown Los Angeles, USA
Sony a6300 | 116mm | f/13 | 1/40s | ISO 100
Photo by Shaina Eng

Location: Los Angeles, USA

"The Full Moon rises over the snowcapped San Gabriel Mountains and Downtown Los Angeles."

26.Lorenzo Cattani

Full Moon and tree silhouette
Canon EOS R6 | 400mm | f/5.6 | 1/15s | ISO 200
Photo by Lorenzo Cattani

Location: San Vitale Baganza, Italy

"Full Moon and tree silhouette."

27.Andrés Domínguez

Skyline of Madrid (Spain) with its 5 towers and a full Moon
Sony 7R IV | 600mm | f/6.3 | 1/2s | ISO 320
Photo by Andrés Domínguez

Location: Madrid, Spain

"Skyline of Madrid with its 5 towers with the full Moon in September. Shot taken 44km away."

This is one the 2022 best Moon pictures, as Andrés was September's Moonmaster.

28.Richie Hannah

Setting Crescent Moon aligned with the Calgary Tower in Calgary, Canada
Nikon D850 | 600mm | f/8 | 1/3s | ISO 320
Photo by Richie Hannah

Location: Calgary, Canada

"Setting Crescent Moon aligned with the Calgary Tower - Calgary, Alberta, Canada."

29.Moaz Al-Hamid

full moon behind the top corner of the kingdom tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Canon 5D IV | 500mm | f/6 | 1/6s | ISO 1000
Photo by Moaz Al-Hamid

Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

"Kingdom Tower with moon in Riyadh city Saudi Arabia."

30.Ignacio Senis (Chechu)

silhouette of the Death in a cemetery with a full moon behind
Canon EOS R6 | 500mm | f/9 | 1/60s | ISO 400
Photo by Ignacio Senis

Location: Madrid, Spain

"Is there anything more terrifying than The Bard? No, but then we have this silhouette. Many times it's not only about planning a shot, it's about finding the perfect place to take the photo. In this case, this year's Halloween, The Death walking around his garden, the cemetery. Photo taken in the company of Bianka, Pablo, Julia, Oskar and Víctor."

This is one the 2022 best Moon pictures, as Chechu was October's Moonmaster.

31.Eduardo Blanco

ram silhouette with a full moon behind its head
Canon EOS R5 | 371mm | f/5.6 | 1/640s | ISO 2500
Photo by Eduardo Blanco

Location: Selva de Irati, Spain


32.Yhabril Moro

bike rider chasing a person running downhill a snowy mountain under a full moon
Sony a7 IV | 600mm | f/13 | 1/500s | ISO 4000
Photo by Yhabril Moro

Location: Col des Moines, France

"Moon planning with the added difficulty that it is taken in high mountains in semi-winter conditions. We seek to reach that terrain with rock and snow textures that fill the frame and use the Moon as one more element in the composition, it may not seem like it, but in this image everything is planned to the millimeter."

33.Tobias Rösli

lonely tree on a hill with a full moon on its side
Sony A6600 | 500 (700 on APSC)mm | f/9 | 1/100s | ISO 800
Photo by Tobias Rösli

Location: Wolhusen, Switzerland

"Glück im Unglück - blessing in disguise. During this years Easter Sunday morning of April 17, I was hoping for a tree in Moon shot during the blue hour. I rushed for the right place in the steep hillside, only to get blocked by two big trees. In the remaining seconds before the moon would disappear, I stepped some meters to the left and shot away with a more and more overexposed moon, to get the blue sky and the Easter-egg-mook rolling down the hill. At the end I got "Glück im Unglück.""

This is one the 2022 best Moon pictures, as Tobias was November's Moonmaster.

34.Nick Noble

Moon rising at the Oak Island lighthouse in the USA
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | 403mm | f/8 | 1/500s | ISO 1600
Photo by Nick Noble

Location: Oak Island, USA

"Moon rising at the Oak Island (NC) lighthouse!"

35.Rami Dibo

Spider-Man climbing the fossil rocks of Maleha desert in UAE with a full Moon behind
Sony a7R IV | 600mm | f/6.3 | 1/100s | ISO 640
Photo by Rami Dibo

Location: Maleha desert, United Arab Emirates

"Spider-Man in UAE climbing the fossil rocks of Maleha desert on a full Moon."

This is one the 2022 best Moon pictures, as Rami was December's PhotoPiller of the month.

36.Ángel Tenorio

full moon behind a church in Cholula, México
Canon EOS 90D | 400mm | f/8 | 1/8s | ISO 100
Photo by Ángel Tenorio

Location: Cholula, México

"Full moon rise behind the Church of Cholula. This church was built in the highest part of the great pyramid of Cholula, whose basement per side is 450 meters. What makes it the largest pyramidal base in the world."

37.Time to go out and shoot the Moon!

OK, now that you've had a close look at the 2022 best Moon pictures, let's wrap up!

I hope you found these images inspiring and that they encourage you to go out and have incredible adventures shooting the Moon.

As soon as you have a cool Moon shot idea, start planning it with PhotoPills. It definitely is the best app for Moon pictures!

Final pieces of advice...

Tip #1: Try to always use the best camera equipment for Moon photography.

Tip #2: Learn what the camera settings for Moon photography are.

And if you don't get the shot on the first attempt, keep trying!

Time to go out and shoot the Moon!


Antoni Cladera is a landscape photographer commited to the environment. Artist of the Spanish Confederation of Photography and member of the Spanish Association of Nature Photographers (AEFONA). He's part of the PhotoPills Team.

Special thanks to Sandra Vallaure, a great photographer and friend, for her tremendous help in making this article possible.

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