The 2021 best Moon pictures

By Antoni Cladera

Aren't you eager to see the 2021 best Moon pictures?

I'm sure you're always looking for new sources of inspiration, right?

Well, Moon photography is a craft that includes the knowledge of planning, (good timing), composition, and getting the settings right.

But most important of all is curiosity that makes the images worth getting a prestigious award. Like our own PhotoPills Awards... ;)

This year, the jury (the PhotoPills team!) has selected the 32 best images of 2021, and we invite you to explore the power one image can capture.

And if you want to learn how to take the best Moon pictures:

And now, have a look at what we consider the best Moon pictures of 2021.

Imagine. Plan. Shoot! ;)

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1.Toni Valls

full moon behind Mont Saint-Michel, France
Sony a7 II | 468mm | f/8 | 1/20s | ISO 125
Photo by Toni Valls Suau

Location: Mont Saint-Michel, France

"This photo was planned from Mallorca, without ever having been to France. It was a determining factor when planning the trip in order to be at this place at the planned date. The weather was on our side too!"

This is one the 2021 best Moon pictures, as Toni was January's Moonmaster.


full moon behind an abandoned church in the Alps
Fujifilm X-T3 | 200mm | f/5.6 | 1/25s | ISO 160 | GND 3 stops
Photo by Mirko

Location: Casaleggio Novara, Italy

"Last moon of 2020 with an abandoned church and Alps on the background, I took this picture before the sunrise of December 30"

3.Bjorn Moerman

full moon behind the top of the Burj Khalifa
Fujifilm X-E4 | 361.8 mm | f/11 | 1/6s | ISO 320 | 1.4x teleconverter
Photo by Bjorn Moerman

Location: Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

"Obviously when there is a full moon, the sun sets more or less at the same time as the moon rises; but there are small differences from month to month. Here the moon rise was about 20min before sunset, which is exactly what is needed. This way the moon is already quite high over the horizon when the sun has set and the light is best. Not a composite image; single image only. PhotoPills was essential in finding the right position of the moonrise since little time and margin was available to set up."

4.Aurèle Nicolet

two lovers kissing with a full moon behind
Canon EOS 6D | 840mm | f/6.3 | 1/50s | ISO 800
Photo by Aurèle Nicolet

Location: Fribourg, Switzerland

"Friends asked me if I could do their wedding invitation picture. Of course I said yes ! But I'm no wedding and portrait photographer, so I did what I like the most, technical shoot with a bit of astronomy in it. Thanks to PhotoPills for the shot preparation!"

This is one the 2021 best Moon pictures, as Aurèle was February's Moonmaster.

5.Harith Salinda

full moon at the top of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, Dubai
Sony a7 III | 400mm | f/5.6 | 1/3s | ISO 2500
Photo by Harith Salinda

Location: Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, Dubai

"Innovation Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, Dubai."

6.Eric de van der Schueren

full moon at the top of the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada
Nikon D7200 | 240mm | f/9 | 1/640s | ISO 500
Photo by Eric de van der Schueren

Location: Toronto, Canada

"I arrived in a hurry with only moments to spare. There was a cloud on the horizon but it cleared just in time. I was able to set up, get focus, and do one single test shot before the Moon had hit the right spot for me to get it dead center on the CN Tower. Planned moon rise over the CN tower which happens to be very similar to @photopills most recent tutorial video as well."

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

"Last week we spent three days looking for the magic of the Moon, and trying to innovate and take new images, just as we do in the winter months. This photo was a real challenge, and we're so proud to have achieved it. It is the result of great teamwork. A team composed by the photographer and the riders @richman_53 and @rubiosnb."

This is one the 2021 best Moon pictures, as Yhabril was March's Moonmaster.

8.Sunny Israel

Moon rising along 42nd St in New York City, USA
Canon 5D Mark IV | 190mm | f/7.1 | 0.3s | ISO 500
Photo by Sunny Israel

Location: New York City, USA

"Moon henge - Moon rising along 42nd St, Manhattan."

9.Stefano Lazzeretti

full moon aligned with Corso Francia in Rivoli, Italy
Canon EOS 6D Mark II | 300mm | f/7.1 | 1/6s | ISO 400
Photo by Stefano Lazzeretti

Location: Rivoli, Italy

"The alignment between corso Francia, in the foreground, the basilica of Superga (on the hill) and a magnificent moon"

10.Alyn Wallace

full moon trail behind Çamlıca Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
Sony a7S III | 400mm | f/8 | Aperture priority | ISO 100
Photo by Alyn Wallace

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

"With a weekend curfew in place due to coronavirus I had to find a workaround for this image. I made a rough plan on PhotoPills and then found a hotel with a terrace that lined up nicely for the Moon to rise behind Çamlıca Mosque. Luckily they had a room available and the weather was perfect. I used a star trailing technique to create a Moon trail and then blended the final Moon on top of the trail in Photoshop."

11.Veronica Yacono

full moon behind the Statue of Liberty in New York City, USA
Canon EOS R | 600mm | f/7.1 | 1/4s | ISO 100
Photo by Veronica Yacono

Location: New York City, USA

"Beautiful moon set behind the Statue of Liberty. Always wanted this capture! Success!!"

12.Tobias Rösli

full moon behind a lonely tree
Sony a6600 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/50s | ISO 320 | Shooting Distance 1600m
Photo by Tobias Rösli

Location: Wolhusen, Switzerland

"After one year it was the right time again and I got lucky. First I thought the clouds would ruin my plans, but finally I only had to adjust a bit some contrast and sharpness on the moon to fight against this mystical glow in the clouds."

This is one the 2021 best Moon pictures, as Tobias was May's Moonmaster.

13.Johannes Polszter

supermoon behind the Pyramidenkogel
Nikon Z6 | 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/500s | ISO 1250
Photo by Johannes Polszter

Location: Keutschach am See, Austria

"Supermoon perfectly centered and aligned with the highest visitor platform of the Pyramidenkogel"

14.Yuri Beletsky

supermoon over ESO Paranal observatory, Chile
Nikon D810A | 850mm | f/9 | 1/4s | ISO 400
Photo by Yuri Beletsky

Location: ESO Paranal observatory, Chile

"Supermoon over ESO Paranal observatory in Chile. It was an absolutely epic adventure to capture this view ! All the planning was done using PhotoPills. To obtain this image I drove all the way up North and I spent a night in the desert waiting for this configuration. The Moon was setting over the mountains in twilight and it was really tricky to capture the scene."

This is one the 2021 best Moon pictures, as Yuri was June's PhotoPiller of the month.

15.Veronica Yacono

Moonrise behind the Riverside Church in New York City, USA
Canon EOS R5 | 213mm | f/8 | 1/80s | ISO 400
Photo by Veronica Yacono

Location: New York City, USA

"Beautiful moonrise with the gothic architecture of Riverside Church. It was perfect weather, temperature and plot using PhotoPills."

This is one the 2021 best Moon pictures, as Veronica was July's Moonmaster.

16.Mike Carroll

moon Manhattanhenge aligned with 42nd St in New York City, USA
Canon EOS R6 | 328mm | f/6.3 | 1/10s | ISO 500
Photo by Mike Carroll

Location: New York City, USA

"A true moon Manhattanhenge captured on a perfect night straight down 42nd St! You couldn't ask for better details and weather conditions. PhotoPills was spot on with the plan!"

17.Bruno Fantulin

human figure pushing a full moon over a bridge
Nikon D750 | 200mm | f/5 | 1/25s | ISO 800
Photo by Bruno Fantulin

Location: Zagreb, Croatia

"The idea for this photo actually came to me a couple of days before the full moon, and just the day before I called a friend to help realize the idea you see in the photo, he agreed immediately even though the situation was extremely dangerous as it is a bridge that is high a good 50 meters, but everything went well and I did what I intended and I can freely say that this is one of my favorite photos I have taken in the last 5 years as far as photography is concerned."

18.Veronica Yacono

Moonrise behind the Manhattan Municipal Building in New York City, USA
Canon EOS R5 | 600mm | f/6.3 | 1/10s | ISO 640
Photo by Veronica Yacono

Location: New York City, USA

"Buck Moonrise behind the Manhattan Municipal Building. Did you know the statue on top of this building is the 2nd largest statue in New York? The Statue of Liberty is the largest."

19.Toni Sendra

Slam dunk on the moon
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | 400mm | f/5.6 | 1/400s | ISO 800
Photo by Toni Sendra

Location: Valencia, Spain

"Slam dunk on the moon. Let's jump to the moon to leave behind this 2020 giving a big dunk to 2021!!!!! Happy new year!!! Today my friend and great basketball player @miguel__alonso2 came to jump with Moon behind, and he worked hard!!!! And this is how this 2020 has ended for me, with a fantastic photo shoot a few hours before entering 2021.... Planned with @photopills"

This is one the 2021 best Moon pictures, as Toni was August's Moonmaster.

20.Steve Ward

The moon looks like an umbrella over the Liver Buildings in Liverpool, UK
Canon EOS R5 | 500mm | f/6.3 | 1/25s | ISO 1600
Photo by Steve Ward

Location: Liverpool, UK

"Taken 3500 meters away on the opposite side of the river Mersey, Liverpool. The moon looks like an umbrella over the Liver Buildings with the clouds covering the lower half of the moon. Carefully planned using PhotoPills. I have tried this shot on many occasions and failed. At last it was a success."

21.Brennen Tse

Crescent moon aligned with the Space Needle in Seattle, USA
Nikon D780 | 240mm | f/5.6 | 0.6s | ISO 640
Photo by Brennen Tse

Location: Seattle, USA

"Crescent moon aligned with the Space Needle. The Olympic mountains can be seen in the background and the sunset clouds have turned a reddish purple."

22.Francesco Fanti

Moon painter
Fujifilm X-T2 | 800mm | f/11 | 0.8s | ISO 200
Photo by Francesco Fanti

Location: Italy

"Moon painter."

This is one the 2021 best Moon pictures, as Francesco was September's Moonmaster.

23.Dario Giannobile

Moon Over Mount Etna South East Crater
Canon EOS 6D | 347mm | f/5.6 | 5s | ISO 800
Photo by Dario Giannobile

Location: Rifugio Piano Bello (Catania), Italy

"Moon Over Mount Etna South East Crater. In February 2021, Etna showed intense volcanic activity characterized by 6 paroxysmal episodes that poured ash columns and lava fountains even more than 500 meters high. The episodes were mostly located near the new south-east crater which poured numerous lava flows into the Bove Valley. The episodes were characterized by a short duration but accompanied by intense activity that fractured the structure of the crater from which the flows poured. On the night between the 24th and the 25th, Mount Etna again showed an intense activity and for this reason I decided to place myself at the "Piano Bello" refuge, calculating the exact position so that the moon would set near the crater, aligning itself just above. Volcanic clouds and hot currents have given the Moon a liquid appearance tinged with a warm coloring due to both glow and ash. The final shot shows the drama of the scene enhanced by the presence of volcanic clouds and the crescent moon at 94% illumination, by the crack of the south-east crater and by the flow that flows from its crater rim. Canon 6d, sigma 150-600, iso 800, f/5.6, 5s for the landscape and iso 100, 1/125s for the Moon, 357 mm."

24.Philippe Roques

full moon aligned with the Sainte Chapelle in Paris, France
Sony a7 III | 274mm | f/11 | 2s | ISO 1000
Photo by Philippe Roques

Location: Paris, France

"The Blue Moon rises over Paris."

25.Abián San Gil

Moon over the lava flows of the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma, Spain
Nikon D750 | 98mm | f/5.6 | 0.6s | ISO 400
Photo by Abián San Gil

Location: La Palma, Spain

"The Moon over the lava flows of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the island of La Palma."

This is one the 2021 best Moon pictures, as Abián was October's Moonmaster.

26.Kevin Le

moon exactly on top of the Space Needle like a golf ball
Sony a1 | 840mm | f/5.6 | 1/60s | ISO 100
Photo by Kevin Le

Location: Seattle, USA

"The last supermoon of 2021 was setting over the Seattle skyline this morning at 5:20am. The day before, I used the planning tool on PhotoPills to mark possible locations. Then I made the trip to the location and used the AR feature to see where the moon will set. I was planning for the moon to be exactly on top of the Space Needle like a golf ball and it worked."

27.Dave Lyons

full Moon "cradled" by the cables of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Annapolis, USA
Nikon D850 | 500mm | f/8 | 1/30s | ISO 400
Photo by Dave Lyons

Location: Annapolis, USA

"Wednesday morning's full Hunter's Moon, "cradled" by the cables of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland. This shot was made possible by PhotoPills. I set up where I planned and did not move during the moonset."

28.Eduardo Marcos

crescent moon with Earthshine next to a juniper
Canon 5D MK IV | 50mm | f/4 | 4s | ISO 1600
Photo by Eduardo Marcos

Location: Olombrada, Spain

"Earthshine. The juniper of the gardisancho is a centenary icon of the moors of Castile. Its longevity and its silhouette emerge in the enormous plain. The crescent moon with Earthshine completes an icy scene shrouded in mist and mystery. The temperature at that time was -8°C"

29.Dan Martland

crescent moon aligned with the top of the empire state building in New York City, USA
Sony a1 | 600mm | f/6.3 | 1/4s | ISO 160
Photo by Dan Martland

Location: New York City, USA

"Plotted this on PhotoPills and it lined up just how I imagined it."

This is one the 2021 best Moon pictures, as Dan was November's PhotoPiller of the month.

30.Lee Chang Jae

full moon over the straight aligned pylons
Sony a6500 | 112mm | f/5 | 1/2.5s | ISO 100
Photo by Lee Chang Jae

Location: Seoul, South Korea

"I had been waiting more than 1 year to get this picture showing the full moon over the straight aligned pylons. Thanks PhotoPills"

31.Jesús M. García

full moon behind a mill in Consuegra, Spain
Sony A7R IV | 600mm | f/9 | 125s | ISO 500 | 1.4x teleconverter
Photo by Jesús M. García

Location: Consuegra, Spain

"Planning carried out in the Blue hour, just at the moment that the halogens that illuminate the Mill were turned on, and in this way to achieve detail and texture on the Moon, without the need to use bracketing."

32.Yhabril Moro

snowboarders jumping in the night with a full moon behind them
Nikon D750 | 600mm | f/8 | 1/1600s | ISO 500
Photo by Yhabril Moro

Location: Villanúa, Spain

"First Winter Moonsession of the season with the boys... Yesterday we wanted to find something different, so we looked for a location in which the relative size of the Moon would be bigger, and where the riders could jump towards me. Awesome teamwork once again. I told them where to build the kicker and by the time I was deciding my position, they worked hard to get it ready. This time I was further than ever, that's why the Moon looks bigger."

This is one the 2021 best Moon pictures, as Yhabril was December's Moonmaster.

33.The Moon is waiting for you...

That's it!

You just saw what I consider the 2021 best Moon pictures.

I hope that they are a source of inspiration and that they give you enough ideas to plan your next Moon shots with PhotoPills – the best app for Moon pictures!

Oh, and before going out in the wild to shoot amazing Moon photos, have a look at the best camera equipment for Moon photography and the camera settings for Moon photography.

But most importantly, have fun!

The Moon is waiting for you...


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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