It’s been a season of treats for Berkeley stargazers with the partial solar eclipse on May 20 and today’s  Transit of Venus — one of the rarest astronomical events.

But the “supermoon” on May 5-6 surely outshone the rest for sheer visual punch.

And one photograph of that supermoon stands out. Taken by the hugely talented Ira Serkes, the moon is seen in all its mottled tangerine glory perched atop the Berkeley hills with the Campanile in the foreground, making for a striking composition.

Perhaps it’s no surprise that when the image was posted on the Cal Bears Facebook page it caused a storm of appreciation — with over 5,000 “Likes” and counting. Just look at those blue and yellow hues, after all.

Now, just in time for high school graduations and Father’s Day on June 17th, Berkeleyside is thrilled to be able to offer readers an unbeatable opportunity not only to obtain a gorgeous photographic print of the supermoon casting its glow on our beautiful city, but also the chance to demonstrate your support for local journalism in Berkeley.

Thanks to Ira’s generosity and support, we have 18 limited edition prints to give away to the first 18 readers who take out a $25/month subscription to Berkeleyside before June 15th, or make a $300 donation. The print is signed by the photographer, and its dimensions are 12″x 18″. (See more details below.)

By subscribing or donating at this level, you will cement your commitment to independent local journalism by helping Berkeleyside continue to deliver essential news, investigative reporting, and community information to you in the year ahead.

Should you already be a Berkeleyside subscriber, and would like to take advantage of this offer, we will simply upgrade your membership so you qualify for the complimentary print.

Think what a wonderful gift this would make for a graduating student, one that might be leaving Berkeley for college and would appreciate a memento to put on the wall of their dorm, or for a father who loves his hometown on Father’s Day.

If you would like to be one of the lucky 18, take out a $25/month subscription using PayPal or your credit card on our Support page, or, if you prefer, get in touch with us directly at so we can arrange to take credit card details. Either way, send us an email once you’ve subscribed so we know you have secured one of the wonderful photographs.

We are entrusting Berkeley’s wonderful Photo Lab with printing the Supermoon photograph. It will be printed on Breathing Color 230 gsm textured paper with a 1″ border. Photo Lab, which is on 5th Street, can also arrange to have your print framed at a discounted price — simply get in touch with Photo Lab’s Customer Service department on (510) 644-1400 to discuss options. Allow three days to receive the print, 1o days to have it framed.

Avatar photo

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...