26 dramatic shortlisted images for Weather Photographer of the Year

From Storm Dennis to the record-breaking heatwave we experienced last week, the UK is no stranger to manic weather patterns.

While some (read: snow) are beautiful, others (read: prolonged heatwaves) are taxing.

To capture the best of the world’s weather events, The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS), in association with AccuWeather asked photographers from around the world to submit their best photos as part of the Weather Photographer of the Year awards for 2020.

In its fifth annual year, 26 images have just been shortlisted (scroll through these above), and the public can now decide on the winner.

Public voting will be available until midnight on September 25 and there will be awards for both the Weather and Young Weather Photographer of the Year.

(Alexey Trofimov/Weather Photographer of the Year 2020)

Liz Bentley, Chief Executive of the Royal Meteorological Society and one of the judges for this year’s competition said: “I look forward to being part of the judging panel for the Weather Photographer of the Year competition every year, 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 most of us have 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.”

(Lori Grace Bailey/Weather Photographer of the Year 2020)

The overall winner will be announced on October 17 and will be awarded £500 cash, a HERO8 Go Pro, plus RMetS membership for one year.

Click through the gallery above to see all of the shortlisted images and vote for your favourite here:


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