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Vote for your favorite photo in Weather Photographer of the Year 2020

Vote for your favorite photo in Weather Photographer of the Year 2020
'Final Stand' by Tina Wright, one of the 26 finalists in Weather Photographer of the Year 2020 (Image credit: Tina Wright/Weather Photographer of the Year 2020)

Vote now for your favorite image in the shortlist for Weather Photographer of the Year 2020, now in its fifth year. 

The competition is organized by the UK’s Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS), in association with AccuWeather, the commercial weather forecasting services company. 

Photographers from all over the world entered the competition, which is extra special this year as 2020 is the 170th anniversary of RMetS. 

Help crown the Public Favourite winner 

While the judging panel chooses the overall winner, the wider photographic community picks the Public Favourite winner. 

Click here to view the shortlisted images and vote for your favorite one. Entries close on 25 September at midnight UK time – which is 20.00 (EDT), 19.00 (CDT) or 17.00 (PDT) in the US.

Another of the 26 finalists in Weather Photographer of the Year 2020, this is 'El Chaltén' by Francisco Javier Negroni Rodriguez (Image credit: Francisco Javier Negroni Rodriguez/Weather Photographer of the Year 2020)

Earlier this year the search for the 2020 Weather and Young Weather Photographer of the Year began with a call for the best photographs depicting weather from around the world. 

Entrants duly submitted work featuring all kinds of weather phenomena, including lightning, rain, fog or snow right through to the impact of the weather on humans, the natural landscape and the built environment. 

In all, over 7,700 photographs were submitted by over 2,600 photographers. This created a challenge for the esteemed judging panel, which comprised: 

  • Liz Bentley, chief executive of the Royal Meteorological Society 
  • Gareth Mon Jones, reigning Weather Photographer of the Year 
  • Matt Clark, photo editor of RMetS’ Weather magazine
  • Mark Boardman, owner of StormHour Ltd
  • Jesse Ferrell, social media manager at AccuWeather

Boris Jordan's 'Mammatus Outbreak', another of the 26 images that made the final cut in Weather Photographer of the Year 2020 (Image credit: Boris Jordan/Weather Photographer of the Year 2020)

“Every year I look forward to being part of the judging panel for Weather Photographer of the Year,” said Liz Bentley. “But each year it gets tougher with more entries and a wider variety of images that celebrate weather and climate in its many different forms. 

“I actually think the weather is a secret fascination for most of us and this is the perfect opportunity to share it with others and take people on a journey of discovery, at a time when travel is quite challenging." 

AccuWeather’s Jesse Ferrell echoed Liz’s views. “I have no doubt that this year’s entries will be made even more special due to the ongoing challenges presented by Covid-19,” said the expert meteorologist. 

“But the passion spent on this effort provides some respite from that storm and is a reminder of the beauty that weather surrounds us with. As a meteorologist and photographer myself, I am always impressed with the level of quality, detail and creativity entrants put on display with their submissions from around the world.”

Photograph titled Baikal Treasure by Alexey Trofimov

Will 'Baikal Treasure' by Alexey Trofimov be your vote for Public Favourite in Weather Photographer of the Year 2020? (Image credit: Alexey Trofimov/Weather Photographer of the Year 2020)

Vote now for Weather Photographer of the Year's Public Favourite

This is just a taster of the Weather Photographer of the Year 2020 shortlist. 

Click here to view the full 26 and vote for your favorite. Entries close on 25 September at midnight UK time – 20.00 (EDT), 19.00 (CDT) or 17.00 (PDT) in the US.

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