The world’s most prestigious weather and climate photography competition

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Standard Chartered Weather Photographer of the Year

The Weather Photographer of the Year competition offers a £5,000 cash prize to the best overall photograph showcasing the beauty and power of weather, open to photographers worldwide.

Standard Chartered Mobile Weather Photographer of the Year

The Mobile Category of the competition offered a cash prize of £2,500 to the winner, and specifically for photographs taken on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

Standard Chartered Young Weather Photographer of the Year

The Young Weather Photographer of the Year awards a cash prize of £750 and is open to anyone under the age of 18 years old to submit their weather and climate-related photographs.

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If you're thinking of entering a photograph into the Standard Chartered Weather Photographer of the Year competition, please read the following rules:

The competition is free to enter and open to individuals of all abilities.
The Standard Chartered Young Weather Photographer category is open to anyone under the age 18. Please note that if you are under the age of 13, entries must be submitted by an adult on your behalf.
Photographs submitted for the competition must have been taken between the 27 June 2018 and 27 June 2023.
If eligible, photographers are allowed to submit a maximum of five images per category.
When submitting a photograph, please provide the highest possible resolution available and provide further detail to tell us more about you and your photograph. We cannot accept entries by email or post.
Full terms and conditions for the competition can be found on the Zealous submissions platform, and in the Competition Checklist section below.

The Judges

  • Prof Liz Bentley

    Liz became the Chief Executive at the Royal Meteorological Society in 2013 and has been a judge on the competition since it began. Liz has had a successful career in Meteorology working with the Met Office, BBC Weather Centre and the Ministry of Defence after studying a PhD in mathematics at the University of Manchester.

  • Kevin Thomas

    Kevin is a former meteorologist and weather forecaster, having recently retired from the BBC following 12 years as a radio weather presenter covering Devon and Cornwall. A long career preceded this as a forecaster and oceanographer in the Royal Navy and Royal Navy Reserve. Serving at sea around the globe with a keen eye on weather led to a deep respect for the natural world and its power.

  • Helen Roberts

    Helen joined the Met Office in 2003 and spent much of her career as an Operational Meteorologist. She worked as a TV weather presenter for BBC Spotlight and co-hosts the Met Office podcast 'Mostly Weather’. Recently completing an MSc in psychology, Helen is the UK’s first Socio-Meteorologist, working at the intersection of the social and physical sciences to ensure weather forecasts help people make better decisions to stay safe and thrive.

  • Christopher Ison

    Chris Ison is an award-winning, hugely experienced, versatile and trusted commercial photographer, based in the South Downs National Park. A photographer through and through – he was first inspired at the age of 7, turning professional at 18, with a varied career which now spans three decades. He spent 14 years covering some of the world's biggest news and sporting events for the Press Association. Chris now works with commercial clients, helping to elevate their marketing and achieve stand-out success.

  • Jo Bradford

    Jo offers tuition and group workshops in smartphone photography and image editing. She has authored two books - ‘Smart Phone Smart Photography’ and ‘Smart Phone Smart Photo Editing’. Jo runs Green Island Studios, which is a bespoke photographic studio and colour darkroom where she is passionate about making photography sustainable. Jo is an Associate Lecturer on the Marine and Natural History Photography BA (Hons) at Falmouth University and a regular public speaker on photography.

  • Dan Green

    Dan is the editor of The Week Junior Science+Nature the award-winning monthly magazine for smart and curious 8-15 year-olds. He was the winner of the British Society of Magazine Editor’s Launch Editor of the Year (2019). Dan is passionate about science communication and bringing STEM subjects to life for young readers. He is also a writer of bestselling non-fiction books, with over 50 titles to his name.

  • ITV Weather

    ITV Weather brings its expertise and knowledge to the judging panel of the esteemed Standard Chartered Weather Photographer of the Year competition. As some of the UK’s foremost experts in meteorology, garnering years of experience in forecasting and reporting weather, ITV Weather understands the intricate details and nuances that make a weather photograph truly exceptional. As a trusted authority in weather analysis, the team at ITV Weather provide valuable insights, ensuring that the judging process is comprehensive, and the winning photographs capture the essence of meteorological beauty.

Our Supporters

We are thrilled to have the support of our sponsor, Standard Chartered and our media partners, who share our passion for capturing the beauty and impact of weather and climate through the lens.

Standard Chartered

The Royal Meteorological Society joined forces with Standard Chartered this year to increase the global reach and profile of the competition to tell the climate story that sits behind every photo submitted. Weather Photographer is so much more than just the competition, The Royal Society and Standard Chartered are united in our mission to raise awareness globally of the impact of our changing climate and the threat posed by extreme weather events.

The Week Junior Science+Nature

We are proud that ‘The Week Junior Science+Nature’ will continue supporting the youth category as a media partner this year. The Week Junior Science+Nature takes 8-15 year-olds on amazing voyages of discovery around the world.


ITV Weather

The Royal Meteorological Society is proud to announce ITV Weather as a media partner for the esteemed Standard Chartered Weather Photographer of the Year competition. This partnership brings together a passion for meteorology with the art of photography, showcasing the fascinating and diverse world of weather through captivating images. With ITV Weather's extensive knowledge and experience, we are confident that this collaboration will inspire and engage audiences worldwide, fostering a deeper appreciation for our ever-changing weather patterns.


Competition Checklist

Ready to dive in? Check out our handy list of next steps below:

  • Have a look at our blogs to get some hints and tips
  • Read our Terms and Conditions
  • When you are ready to enter, chose one of our three categories above (Weather Photographer of the Year, Young Weather Photographer of the Year, Mobile Phone – Weather Photographer of the Year)
  • Subscribe to our social media channels
  • Vote for your favourite photo when our public vote opens
  • Follow us for the results announced on 5 October
  • Subscribe to our newsletter

Spread the word with friends, family and your community, including any photographers who you think would love to take part!