Weather Photographer of The Year Winners Celebrate The Beauty of Nature

This year, the Royal Meteorological Society and weather forecaster AccuWeather have received over 7,700 entries for their Weather Photographer of the Year competition. From rivers to clouds to thunderstorms, all of the images show the beautiful impact that weather leaves on our planet and the judges have had a hard time choosing the winners. But they had to.

Photographer Rudolf Sulgan took home the grand prize for his photograph of people making their way across the Brooklyn Bridge in the middle of a blizzard.But the other winners and finalists also deserve all the attention they can get, so continue scrolling and check them out!


#1 Public’s Winner: 1st Place ‘Baikal Treasure’ By Alexey Trofimov

Public's Winner: 1st Place 'Baikal Treasure' By Alexey Trofimov

The public also had a say in the competition. With over 11,000 votes, Alexey Trofimov’s image of an icy Lake Baikal received the Public Favorite title. Trofimov took the photo during an expedition to the site. He instantly got attracted to the ice hummocks covered in snow and made the best of the light that the sun gave, refracting in blocks of ice


#2 Weather Photographer Of The Year 2020: 2nd Place ‘Tea Hills’ By Vu Trung Huan

Weather Photographer Of The Year 2020: 2nd Place 'Tea Hills' By Vu Trung Huan


#3 Young Weather Photographer Of The Year 2020: Runner Up ‘Surf’s Up’ By Emma Rose Karsten

Young Weather Photographer Of The Year 2020: Runner Up 'Surf's Up' By Emma Rose Karsten

“This photo was taken in June 22,2020 from the parking lot of my high school – Lafayette High School in Wildwood MO (a suburb of St. Louis). For a split second I thought it was a huge wall of water! Shortly after this cloud appeared it rained, but not a significant amount. It was awesome. Literally.”

According to Jesse Ferrell, AccuWeather expert meteorologist and Social Media Manager, this year’s entries were made even more special due to the ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19, but “the passion spent on this effort provides some respite from that storm and a reminder of the beauty that weather surrounds us with.”


#4 Finalist ‘Dam Wet’ By Andrew Mccaren

Finalist 'Dam Wet' By Andrew Mccaren


#5 Finalist ‘Before A Storm’ By Mikhail Shcheglov

Finalist 'Before A Storm' By Mikhail Shcheglov


#6 Finalist ‘Frosty Bison’ By Lhedie

Finalist 'Frosty Bison' By Lhedien

“We were in the snow coach just after sunrise on a single digit morning in Yellowstone when this ole boy/girl came ambling around a corner. We hopped out, grabbed some photos and got back in respecting the 25 yard distance rule.”


#7 Finalist ‘Mammatus Outbreak’ By Borisss1982

Finalist 'Mammatus Outbreak' By Borisss1982


#8 Weather Photographer Of The Year 2020: 3rd Place ‘Monster’ By Maja Kralji

Weather Photographer Of The Year 2020: 3rd Place 'Monster' By Maja Kraljik


#9 Finalist ‘El Chaltén’ By Francisco Javier Negroni Rodriguez.

Finalist 'El Chaltén' By Francisco Javier Negroni Rodriguez.


#10 Finalist ‘Sa Foradada Storm’ By Marc Marco Ripoll

Finalist 'Sa Foradada Storm' By Marc Marco Ripoll

“It was a big storm during that night. I live in Valldemossa, in a small town from Mallorca, and I have this location close from where I live. When I saw the lightnings I took my car and I drive to that place to catch the storm. This rock is very famous in Mallorca, is called Sa Foradada (it means The Hole). Many people goes there to see the sunset, I went there to see the storm.”


#11 Finalist ‘Dream’ By Sabrina Garofoli

Finalist 'Dream' By Sabrina Garofoli


#12 Finalist ‘A Thirsty Earth’ By Abdul Momin

Finalist 'A Thirsty Earth' By Abdul Momin


#13 Finalist ‘Pinnacles Of Light’ By Richardi Fox

Finalist 'Pinnacles Of Light' By Richardi Fox

“I stopped off at Mangersta sea stacks one evening after a day out on Lewis. It was pretty windy on the cliff tops, making long exposures quite challenging. All of a sudden a few rain showers passed over as the late evening light broke though, providing an amazing set of rainbows!”


#14 Finalist ‘Halo’ By Mikhail Kapychk

Finalist 'Halo' By Mikhail Kapychka


#15 Public’s Winner: 2nd Place ‘Predawn Thunderstorm Over El Paso, Texas’ By Lori Grace Bailey

Public's Winner: 2nd Place 'Predawn Thunderstorm Over El Paso, Texas' By Lori Grace Bailey


#16 Public’s Winner: 3rd Place ‘Under The Rainbow’ By Joann Randles

Public's Winner: 3rd Place 'Under The Rainbow' By Joann Randles

“I have been capturing the semi-feral ponies of the Gower for nearly a year, spending many hours observing them and the changes to their environment. Part of following their day to day lives means photographing them in all weather conditions. On this day I remember seeing the rainbow forming after a hailstorm, so I swiftly left my car as the hail passed, running down the common whilst trying to quickly plan my shot and hoping the pony wouldn’t move.”


#17 Finalist ‘Final Stand’ By Tina Wright

Finalist 'Final Stand' By Tina Wright