Weather Photographer of the Year 2017 Competition Goes Live

The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) and The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) have today launched their second joint photography competition to award Weather Photographer of the Year 2017 and Young Weather Photographer of the Year 2017.

Calling for entries from all photographers worldwide, professional or amateur, RMetS and The RPS are looking for the best images depicting weather in its widest sense. This could range from weather phenomena such as clouds, lightning, rain, fog or snow through to the impact of weather on humans, cities and the natural landscape. The competition calls for stunning images, dramatic in what they depict or because of the story they tell of the impact of weather.

Images will be selected by a panel of meteorologists, photographers and photo editors who will look for work that combines photographic skill with meteorological observation. Matt Taylor, BBC weather presenter, is confirmed as one of the judges for the competition. Matt started his weather career at the Met Office where he spent a lot of time forecasting for the RAF. He is now a familiar face as one of the BBC Weather Centre team.

Matt said “Even when we’re forecasting the calmest of weather conditions you can still get immense drama through subtle changes in sky cover and light. I’ll be looking for a photograph that captures the emotions of an ever changing sky”.

Weather Photographer of the Year 2017, Young Weather Photographer of the Year 2017, and the runners up from each category will be announced at the RMetS Amateur Meteorologists’ Conference later this year.


17 Years and above:

  • Weather Photographer of the Year 2017 - £500 cash plus one-year membership of The RPS and RMetS
  • First Runner Up - £250 cash
  • Second Runner Up - £200 cash
  • Third Runner Up - £150 cash

16 Years and under:

  • Young Weather Photographer of the Year 2017 (Go-Pro Hero 5.0 action cam
  • Runner Up – Olympus camera

Further information:

  • Entries close at midday on 7 June 2017
  • To submit an entry visit the competition website.
  • Competition hashtag #weathercomp
  • For further information about the competition, interviews, and press images please contact Catherine Muller
  • Download the full Press Release below.

Image: A slow moving tornado forms in Colorado by Tim Moxon, Overall Winner of Weather Photographer of the Year 2016

News Date: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017