The sky certainly wasn't the limit for a Belfast snapper who captured a second international gong for his dark and brooding images.
Stephen S T Bradley impressed judges at this year's Moscow International Foto Awards, with 'A Terrible Beauty', named after W B Yeats' famous poem.
His entry, showing clouds in constant battle with planes in the skies above us, won him second place in the prestigious competition.
He said that having his work recognised is a source of great pleasure to him.
"While I enjoy creating fine art photographs of Northern Ireland skies, knowing they are respected and admired by international creative organisations validates my creative abilities and, to put it simply, makes me happy," he told the Belfast Telegraph.
"Knowing Northern Ireland is getting an international shout-out, through exposure of my work, gives me a stronger sense of pride in where I come from."
The 61-year-old north Belfast man, who grew up on the Crumlin Road and now lives in Newtownabbey, explained how his home city inspired his award-winning creation.
"My subject matter includes airliner vapour trails juxtaposed with naturally formed cloud formations, caught in an ethereal dance high above Cave Hill," he said.
"Each image is created from a single shot, with adjustments to exposure, contrast and saturation."
It's not the first time the former Belfast Telegraph and Pacemaker agency photographer has had his work recognised abroad.
Indeed, his cloud work also secured silver at Prix de la Photographie Paris 2019.
Having begun his professional career in a regional newspaper, he has documented many of the tragedies of the Troubles.
His extensive repertoire also includes photographs of A-list musicians including Elton John, Jermaine Dupri and LA Reid, which he took when he lived in Atlanta in the US.
Discovering fine art photography in 2015, his images of skies over Ireland and the US are now selling for more than £2,000 and are in private collections in the States, England, Germany and France.
The divorced father of two sons - Paul (36), a graffiti and tattoo artist who lives in Belfast, and Patrick (33) a Blackpool-based doctor - lives in Co Antrim with partner Karen McCloskey (49), who works in IT.
He also runs an online magazine called 'Bout Yeh', which has been going for a couple of years and has become an all-important "source of sanity" for him during the current coronavirus pandemic.
"The magazine is viewed 310,000 times a month on social media," he said.
"Work has been extremely thin on the ground due to the lockdown, so I've been keeping myself extremely busy by interviewing and photographing people for that in recent times."
Stephen's reportage was acquired for permanent collection by National Museums Northern Ireland in 2018.