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Incredible pictures from the Weather Photographer of the Year competition

The winner of the first Weather Photographer of the Year competition has been announced, with finalists being chosen from an array of incredible pictures from all over the world.

Mama Factory.
Mama Factory. Image by Stephen Lansdell
Sprite Lightning.
Sprite Lightning. Image by Ben Cherry
Mamazing.
Mamazing. Image by Mat Robinson

The competition was run by The Royal Photographic Society and The Royal Meteorological Society, showcasing the best photographs depicting weather in its wildest forms. The selected images feature phenomena such as clouds, rain, fog, lightning and wind, through to the impact of weather on cities and natural landscapes.

The Barber's Pole
The Barber’s Pole Image by Camelia Czuchnicki
Sun Halo over Halley.
Sun Halo over Halley. Image by Michal Krzysztofowicz
Polar Stratospheric Clouds
Polar Stratospheric Clouds Image by Alan Tough

The award for overall Weather Photographer of the Year went to Tim Moxton for his entry, ‘Tornado on Show’, which showed a powerful storm passing near the town of Wray in Colorado. It was selected from over 800 entries from all over the world that were shortlisted into a selection of 22 photographs.

Winner of the competition, Tornado on Show.
Winner of the competition, Tornado on Show. Image by Tim Moxon
Cloud Tunnel, Carneddau, north Wales
Cloud Tunnel, Carneddau, North Wales Image by Steve M. Smith
UFO over the Caucasus.
UFO over the Caucasus. Image by Dmitry Demin

The competition was divided into two categories, under 16s and 17s and older. Proving that artistic talent can run in a family, father and son James and Andrew Bailey scooped separate awards in the different categories for their efforts. Andrew’s photograph depicted freezing fog and hoar frost while James’ featured a hailstorm and rainbow over the sea near Covehithe in Suffolk.

Freezing Fog and Hoar Frost.
Freezing Fog and Hoar Frost. Image by Andrew Bailey
Hailstorm and Rainbow Over the Seas of Covehithe.
Hailstorm and Rainbow Over the Seas of Covehithe. Image by James Bailey
Matterhorn Banner Cloud.
Matterhorn Banner Cloud. Image by Stephen Bart

More than 2500 members of the public voted for their favourite image in the competition, with Paul Kingston’s, ‘Storms Cumbria’, proving to be the favourite and taking the prize. The images will be compiled into an exhibition that is due to tour the UK later this year.

Oil Tanker Guanabura hit by Lightning.
Oil Tanker Guanabura hit by Lightning. Image by Graham Newman
Storms Cumbria.
Storms Cumbria. Image by Paul Kingston
Ice Sculpture on Plynlimon.
Ice Sculpture on Plynlimon. Image by Allan MacDougall

“The result of the competition is a superb exhibition, which I’m sure will grow year on year and I urge anyone with an interest in weather or photography to come and see it and consider entering next year!” said Tim Rudman, who was part of the judging panel for the competition.