Misty landscapes, frosty wildlife, and menacing clouds were all featured in entries to this year’s Weather Photographer of the Year. An image of people in a blizzard was declared the overall winner.
The Royal Meterological Society’s annual Weather Photographer of the Year competition has produced some stunning snapshots of storms, sunrises, and spectacular weather around the world.
The competition received over 7700 entries, with the 26 shortlisted including images of ice, massive cloud formations, wildlife in the snow, drought, mist, rainbows and a sandstorm.
But it was Rudolf Sulgan’s image of a snowstorm in New York that captured the judge’s imagination. Liz Bentley, chief executive of the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) and panel judge, said: “Brooklyn Bridge provides an iconic backdrop, but it is the combined effect of snow, wind and freezing temperatures on the people trying to cross the bridge that tells the whole story – it sends a shiver down my spine,” she added.
Slovakian photographer Rudolf Sulgan said: “I made this image in 2018, during a strong blizzard as El Nino’s periodic warming of water often disrupts normal weather patterns.”
Congratulations to our Weather Photographer of the Year 2020 runner ups!
2nd place: Tea Hills by Vu Trung Huan taken in Long Coc tea hills, Vietnam
3rd place: Monster by Maka Kraljik taken in Umag, Croatia@accuweather #WPotY pic.twitter.com/jV2xe6bikw
— Royal Met. Society (@RMetS) October 17, 2020
Mark Boardman, owner of weather and photography platform StormHour and one of the members of the judging panel, added: “I am always fascinated by photographs of people interacting with severe weather. Who are these people struggling across the bridge? What are their stories, how did they get to be here at this moment, and where are they going? A picture like this allows you to look, ponder and daydream, you could write a novel about these people on the bridge!”
Over 11,000 votes were cast and, in the end, winter won out again. Alexey Trofimov’s image of any icy Lake Baikal was awarded the title of Public Favorite. Located in southern Siberia, Lake Baikal is the world’s largest freshwater lake. Trofimov captured its stunning appearance during the winter by placing its ice hummocks front and center. Shining like gems, their clear turquoise color pairs well with the sky.
See more winners and finalists below. And, if you like what you see, the Royal Meteorological Society has released their 2021 calendar featuring photos from the contest.