On initiative of the Spanish Meteorological Society AME, the EMS announced a first European photo competition on meteorological phenomena – Europhotmeteo (EPM) – in 2009. Following the huge interest in 2009 it was agreed to continue the competition.
The competition is managed by an organising committee chaired by the coordinator Fernando Bullón (AME).

The next competition will be held in 2019.


4th Photography Competition Europhotometeo’16: Terms & Conditions

The European Meteorological Society (EMS) announces the Photography Competition Europhoto-meteo’16, with the terms and conditions as described below. By submitting an entry (electronically) the authors agree to and accept the rules listed under these terms and conditions. The competition is administered by the EMS in collaboration with the Asociación Meteorológica Española (AME).

Terms & Conditions

1. Eligibility

The competition is open to any person that would like to participate.
Each author can submit one photo.

2. Requirements

Only digital photos specifically related to clouds or other meteorological phenomena taken within 2014 or 2015 will be accepted.

  • Files have to be uploaded in jpg-format.
  • The file name has to have the format: surname-of-author_title-of-photo (e.g. “stevenson_summer-thunderstorm.jpg”)
  • Files need to keep their original EXIF metadata.
  • Photo-montages, including star-trails, heavily altered or retouched images, and photos with superimposed writings or other additions (like watermarks) will not be accepted.
  • Minimum width and height: 1000 pixels.
  • Maximum width or height: 2500 pixels.
  • Maximum file size of 8 MB.

It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any photograph submitted has been taken with the permission of the subject(s) and/or venue/location and does not infringe the copyright of any third party.

The original copy of any photo may be requested from the author in order to check the file properties.

3. Photo gallery, upload and deadline

All photos must be uploaded to the EMS photo gallery at Registration with the author’s full name and address is required.

For each entry the following are required:
(a) Title and a short description for each of the photos in English (maximum 120 words per picture),
(b) Information on the original resolution (in pixels),
(c) Equipment used, and
(d) Place and date where the photo was taken.

Upload of photos will be open from 1 to 22 January 2016.

4. Admission

The organising committee decides on admission of the photos to the photo gallery and to the selection process. The organising committee reserves the right of acceptance of entries.

5. Selection process

All admitted entries will be evaluated by a committee consisting of volunteers from EMS Member Societies. The highest-valued photos will be displayed at the EMS public gallery after 1st March 2016.

The jury, consisting of members of the EMS Council and the Presidents of the EMS Member Societies, will select the top ten entries.
The jury’s decision will be final and will not be subject to review.

6. Results and prizes

The top ten ranked photos of the Competition will be displayed at the EMS photo gallery after 31 March 2016. Authors of the photos awarded a prize will be notified by e-mail.

The authors of the photos ranked first, second and third will receive 1000€, 500€ and 250€, respectively, as well as a certificate.

7. Additional notes

Authors will keep the intellectual property rights, but will give EMS, EMS Member Societies, EMS Associate Members and WMO Secretariat (i.e. excluding WMO Members) the rights to use the photos for non-commercial purposes, with no payment being made for the use of the copyright. This includes the right to publish any submitted photo on their respective web site, and use them in electronic or printed form in the organisations literature as well as in exhibitions, whilst always acknowledging the author of a photo. Any photo used via this mechanism for non-commercial publications must give appropriate credit to the photographer and the EMS by citing the name of the photographer and stating
“EMS Europhotometeo‘16”.

By submitting an entry the authors agree to make the high-resolution photo available for publication should any of the above mentioned organisations wish to use the photo in any of their publications for a non-commercial purpose.

The use of a photo for commercial purposes is only allowed with the specific agreement of the photographer. In this context, commercial purposes include the use of a photo in any publication or associated material for which there is a charge, or promotional literature about products for which there is a charge. If a person or organisation wants to use a photo for commercial purposes, they should get the contact details from the EMS and deal directly with the photographer. Any acknowledgement/payment is entirely a matter to be agreed between the photographer and the user. However, there should be no acknowledgement to the EMS as this could give the impression that there is some kind of EMS endorsement.

By uploading their photos to the EMS photo gallery, the authors agree to these terms and conditions as well as the decisions the organisers may take about any other matters, at their discretion.

The winner of the Europhotometeo’2016 is Roibu Grigore with the photo “Clouds Coming”.

Clouds coming: The scenery from the top of the mountains was extremely changeable. It was different from one second to the next. Everything around me was moving fast. We conducted a series of frames but it seems that the best complements heaven and earth.

French Alps
Date: 2014-03-02
Nikon D5000 + Nikon AF-S 70-300mm


1st Prize

Roibu Grigore

Clouds coming: The scenery from the top of the mountains was extremely changeable. It was different from one second to the next. Everything around me was moving fast. We conducted a series of frames but it seems that the best complements heaven and earth.

Location: French Alps
Date: 2014-03-02
Equipment: Nikon D5000 + Nikon AF-S 70-300mm

2nd Prize

Julio Herrera Menéndez

Storm: After scouting locations I liked this because of the strong waves that passed behind the lighthouse.

Location: Cantabria, Spain
Date: 2015-02-15
Equipment: Nikon D810, 400mm 5.6 Tokina, tripodManfrato

3rd Prize

Esteban Cabrera Mendez

Path of trade winds

Location: Canary Islands
Date: 2014-04-24
Equipment: Canon 500 D + tripode

4th Prize

Ignacio Rico

Mediterranean Winter Monster

Location: Montgat (Barcelona), Spain
Date: 2015-01-02
Equipment: Camera: Canon EOS 550d/ Optics: Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f1.8

5th Prize

Dziadula Dorian

The perfect supercell: Magic evening with a wonderful isolated LP supercell at the blue hour.

Location: Kansas, near Selden
Date: 2015-06-04
Equipment: Canon 7D Mark II + Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

5th Prize

Rubén del Campo

Asperitas clouds over Tenerife: Impressive asperitas clouds were observed from Izaña Atmospheric Observatory.

Location: Izaña Atmospheric Observatory, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.
Date: 2015-11-30
Equipment: Pentax K-5 II f8 1/60 88mm

7th Prize

Christopher Rutter

Cuillin rainbow: This perfect rainbow appeared during a short break in one of the many rain showers.

Location: Isle of Skye, UK
Date: 2014-10-24
Equipment: Nikon D800 DSLR, 17-35mm lens, polariser and ND grad filters

8th Prize

Xavier Mas

Orogenic clouds at sunset in Es Vedra Island (Ibiza).

Location: Cala d’Hort – Ibiza Island – Spain
Date: 2015-12-19
Equipment: Nikon D7000, nikon 17-55 mm, tripod.

9th Prize

Javier Lozano

Nubes fantasma: I took the picture of these clouds on a cold wave in the Pirenees when …

Location: Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park (Spain)
Date: 2015-02-08
Equipment: Canon 6D, canon 16-35 f/2’8 II, polarized filter, tripod, ND -0’6

10th Prize

Juan Ortiz Rivas

1000 meters above sea level

Location: Málaga, Spain
Date: 2015-01-05
Equipment: Nikon D700+Sigma DG 17-35 2.8-4 and tripod


1st Prize

Cyrill Schlauri

Snow-Cloud directly over Lake Constance: That was a very special Cloud-Formation over Lake Constance –

Location: above Rorschacherberg, Switzerland
Date: 2013-02-09
Equipment: Nikon D800 / Nikon 17-35 f/2.8 by 17mm, no Filters

2nd Prize

Vincent Deligny

Lightning alley: Just before midnight, the sky has become awesome!

Location: Chemin Jura France
Date: 2013-06-19
Equipment: Canon 5d mark3 17-40mm

3rd Prize

David Köster

Aurora Borealis over Jökulsarlon

Location: Jökulsarlon, Iceland
Date: 2013-03-03
Equipment: Nikon D800, Nikkor 14-18mm/2.8, Gitzo Tripod, Remote Control

4th Prize

Alexander Stepanenko

Lunar Halo: Lunar Halo – an amazing natural phenomenon.

Location: Russia, Murmansk region, the Upper Reservoir.
Date: 2013-12-31
Equipment: Nikon D-800

4th Prize

Florent Estival

Apocalypse Bow

Location: Mérignac, France
Date: 2013-12-13
Equipment: Canon EOS 6D with lens Canon 24-105 mm

4th Prize

Giovanni Allievi

Rough sea: A giant wave during a seastorm in Italy.

Location: Varigotti, Italy
Date: 2014-01-08
Equipment: Canon Eos 5dMkII, Canon Ef 70-200 f/4L USM

7th Prize

Tarquinus Vadenau

Magic Morning

Location: Rarau Mountains, ROMANIA
Date: 2014-01-14
Equipment: Nikon D5000, Tamron 70-300 mm, PLC filter, tripod.

8th Prize

John Owen

Ground Halo: The photo shows an unusual ground halo, not previously seen by me.

Location: Loch Kinord, near Dinnet, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Date: 2013-11-29
Equipment: Canon EOS500D camera with 25mm lens at f/11 and 1/400s

9th Prize

Marko Korosec

The independence day: While on storm chasing expeditions in the Tornado Alley in USA …

Location: Julesburg, Colorado, USA
Date: 2013-11-15
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D mark II, Canon 24-105mm L f/4 IS USM

10th Prize

Matthieu Collin

Cosmic Snake: Aurora gently meandering towards the norwegian sea.

Location: Kvaløya Island, near Tromsø, Norway
Date: 2014-01-09
Equipment: Sony Alpha 700, Tamron 17-50


1st Prize

Vittorio Poli

The Land of Fairy Tales

Location: AsiagoPlateau, Italy

2nd Prize

Ivan Medina Delli

Teide Hat

Loacation: Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

3rd Prize

Sean Tomkins

Broken Spectre from the Cliffs of Moher

Location: Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland