Weather Photographer of the Year winners to be announced on 20th September

Tornado on Show

Now in its second edition, the search for the 2017 Weather Photographer of the Year began earlier this year with a call for the best photographs depicting weather from around the world. Entries in two categories – 16 years and under and 17 and older - 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 Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) and The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) have announced the shortlist for the 2017 Weather Photographer of the Year competition. Around 2000 photographs were submitted from more than 60 countries. Forty-eight photographs were shortlisted, from which the winners were selected - the winning entries will be announced and prizes awarded at a RMetS event on 20th September 2017.

The short-listed images can be viewed here >> 

The selectors were: 

  • Liz Bentley; Chief Executive of the Royal Meteorological Society 
  • Michael Pritchard; Chief Executive of the Royal Photographic Society
  • Matt Clark; Photo Editor of the RMetS Weather magazine. 
  • Matt Taylor; BBC Weather Presenter and RMetS Fellow 
  • Ben Cherry; 2016 Weather Photographer of the Year - 1st place, over 16s
  • Sue Brown FRPS, Fellow of the RPS

Commenting on the images BBC weatherman and selector, Matt Taylor, said: "We were swept away by the blizzard of high quality photographs that the public sent in, and choosing the winners was a far more difficult task for us than we were expecting. Continents were crossed and emotions were stirred by stunning images as diverse as towering cumulonimbus clouds to rolling mist. I can’t wait to see which image stirs the public in the same way."

Dr Liz Bentley, Chief Executive of the RMetS, commented: "The Weather Photographer of the Year competition has drawn together a vast array of spectacular images that capture the many faces of the weather - its beauty, its power and its fragility in the face of human activity."

Dr Michael Pritchard, Chief Executive of The RPS, added: “The quality of entries for this year’s competition was extremely high. Weather is something we all experience and the photographers have captured both the excitement of extreme weather and the calmness of weather across the world.”

The prize winners, including the public vote winner, and the overall Weather Photographer of the Year 2017 will be announced at the RMetS’ National Meeting ‘Message Impossible? Communicating Weather Information in the Digital Age’ on 20 September 2017. The prizes will be announced and awarded at the end of the meeting, followed by a drinks reception and a chance to view the shortlisted photographs. 

To attend the event, please register here >>

Following on from this, the Weather Photographer of the Year exhibition will go on tour around the UK later this year and into 2018. Exhibitions currently scheduled include:

Other venues and dates will be added as they are confirmed. 

Image use

Using any of the images can only be done so in conjunction with publicising and promoting the competition. If you would like to feature a gallery of the photographs on a website or within a publication, please ensure full credit is provided to the photographer. For any additional enquiries regarding hi-res copies and reproducing the images, please contact

Read the Mail Online article here >>

Image: Tim Moxon, Tornado on Show - 2016 Weather Photographer of the Year, overall winner

News Date: 
Thursday, August 24, 2017