Since 2009 the EMS is running the European photo competition on meteorological phenomena – Europhotometeo (EPM).  The competition is managed by an organising committee. The winning entries are determined by the votes of a jury consisting of the Presidents of all EMS Member Societies and the members of the EMS Council.

Europhotometeo 2024

The winner of the Europhotometeo 2024 is Majid Khaleghi Moghaddam

Khalkhal by Majid Khaleghi Moghaddam (EPM2024)Khalkhal
This cloud form is altocumulus type 4.and it indicates strong wind blowing in the upper levels of the atmosphere.

Location: Khalkhal city – Iran
Date: 21/01/2023
Equipment: Nikon D850 and Lens NIKKOR 50 mm



2nd Prize for Laura Kranich

Baltic Cumulonimbus Lampion by Laura Kranich

Baltic Cumulonimbus Lampion

A brightly flashing Cumulonimbus incus just south of the island Fehmarn seen from Kiel-Friedrichsort late on Sept. 16, 2022

Location: Kiel, Germany
Date: 16/09/2022
Equipment: Sony A7 III, Sigma 35 mm (Nikon F), Commlite Nikon F to Sony E adapter


3rd Prize for Benjamin Porée

Overheated by Benjamin Porée (EPM2024)


Immediate interaction between two opposing air masses at the end of summer above Barcelona

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Date: 23/08/2023
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon R5 / canon RF 15/35 mm

Find alle top ten winners below.
Congratulations to all the winners of the competition! They have submitted faboulus photos!


The favourite of the public voting is ….

Free Energy
by Adam Sikora

Location: Kielcza, Poland
Date: 21/08/2023
Equipment: ILME-FX30, Tamron 70-180mm F2.8, tripod: Velbon Sherpa Pro CF 535 Carbon + Manfrotto MVH500AH



Enjoy the photos selectedfor the EPM2024 Gallery

Winners and Top Ten of Europhotometeo competitions 2012 – 2024


1st Prize

Majid Khaleghi Moghaddam

This cloud form is altocumulus type 4.and it indicates strong wind blowing in the upper levels of the atmosphere

Location: Khalkhal city – Iran
Date: 21/01/2023
Equipment: Nikon D850 and Lens NIKKOR 50 mm

2nd Prize

Laura Kranich

Baltic Cumulonimbus Lampion
A brightly flashing Cumulonimbus incus just south of the island Fehmarn seen from Kiel-Friedrichsort late on Sept. 16, 2022

Location: Kiel, Germany
Date: 16/09/2022
Equipment: Sony A7 III, Sigma 35 mm (Nikon F), Commlite Nikon F to Sony E adapter

3rd Prize

Benjamin Porée

Immediate interaction between two opposing air masses at the end of summer above Barcelona

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Date: 23/08/2023
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon R5 / canon RF 15/35 mm

4th Prize

Stavros Kesedakis

sea twister
amazing waterspout formed off of Rhodes island Greece nortwest coastline on February 3rd 2023 as a ship was getting close

Location: Rhodes, Greece
Date: 03/02/2023
Equipment: Nikon D810, Tamron 24-70mm

5th Prize

Michael Sachweh

Towards severe storm
This young but dynamic thunderstorm in the US state of New Mexico fascinated me with its striking structures.

Location: South of Fort Sumner, New Mexico, USA
Date: 03/06/2022
Equipment: Apple iPhone 13 Pro , tripod with smartphone holder

6th Prize

Roberto Clienti

On the wings of the wind

The photo was taken on a very windy day (Föhn). Immortalizing a cloud in the shape of an eagle was a stroke of luck.

Location: Grersoney-Saint-Jean (Aosta Valley), Italy
Date: 23/12/2023
Equipment: Olympus OM-D E-M1 (Mirrorless 4/3), Olympus 12-40 mm 1:2.8 PRO

7th Prize

Farshad Farrokhzadeh

Mount Damavand

Damavand Mountain is the highest peak in Iran and the highest volcano in Asia. Damavand is the symbol of Iranian resistance.

Location: Mazandaran, Iran
Date: 01/12/2023
Equipment: Nikon D3500 Digital Camera with 18-55 mm Lens

8th Prize

Jaroslav Fous

Night snowflake

Very nice structured snowflake, photographed in the night. Very difficult to photography due too warm winter in CZ.

Location: Lany near Kladno, Czech Republic
Date: 21/01/2023
Equipment: Nikon D7200 + reverse ring and extension tube 36mm + built-in flash

9th Prize

Estera Lukačková

Clouds over Poprad and High Tatras

Clouds over Poprad and High Tatras

Location: Poprad, Slovakia
Date: 17/12/2023
Equipment: Samsung SM-G998B

10th Prize

Marianna Klein


A small ice crystal, ice pellet that fell on the already melting snow.

Location: Áporka, Pest county, Hungary
Date: 30/11/2023
Equipment: Nikon D7100, reversing ring, Nikon 18-55 DX, homemade diffuser


1st Prize

José Antonio Quirantes Calvo

Gigante entre molinos
Cumulonimbus capillatus incus located at 110 km, over Utiel (Valencia), photographed from Santa María del Campo Rus (Spain).

Location: Santa María del Campo Rus (Cuenca) – España
Date: 29/08/2021
Equipment: CCanon EOS R5 + Objetivo Sigma 100-400 f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM + adaptador objetivo EF-RF

2nd Prize

Carme Molist

Lenticulares al atardecer
Sky with lenticular multicolor clouds during the sunset.

Location: Manlleu,Osona, Barcelona
Equipment: Sony ILCE-7M2 recortada 4118×2790 EX1/8seg. en f/9 distancia focal 38mm ISO100

3rd Prize

Tomáš Havrda

Cloudy bridge
At the same time a tornado was raging in southern Moravia. Nature has endless faces.

Location: Žernov, královéhradecký kraj, Czech Republic
Date: 24/06/2021
Equipment: Sony a7RIII + sony FE 35/1,8 + tripod Vanguard VEO 2 235AB + Photoshop Lightroom + Panorama 10 shots

4th Prize

Jaroslav Fous

Diamond dust halo complex
Very nice diamond dust halo complex in Czech republic near Klínovec, Krušné hory, temperature about -6°C.

Location: Krušné hory, Klínovec
Date: 10/01/2021
Equipment: Nikon D7200 + Samyang 8mm/f3.5 UMC CSII


5th Prize

Tanner Schaaf

The Encounter – The Ashby, MN EF4 Tornado
One of the most powerful encounters I’ve ever had with a tornado! Wish there was more space to tell the story!

Location: Ashby, Minnesota
Date: 08/07/2020
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with a Sigma 35mm 1.4

6th Prize

Hocman Puiu

Bride veil
This photography was taken on a late autumn morning, from my home office window.

Location: City of Petrila, Hunedoara County, Romania
Date: 02/11/2021
Equipment: Camera: Sony ILCE-7M2 + Photo lens: SIGMA 100-400

7th Prize

Lluís Salvà

On Nov 4th 2021 we had one of the most beautiful storms I’ve ever seen in BCN, featuring a waterspout and some insane bolts.

Location: Barcelona, up from a hill called Turó de la Rovira
Date: 04/11/2021
Equipment: Sony a7r IV + Tamron 70-180 2.8 at 135mm + Manfrotto tripod

8th Prize

Imanol Zuaznabar

Volcanic pyrocumulus at sunrise
When the eruption was intense and the atmospheric conditions were favorable, an impressive pyrocumulus formed.

Location: La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain)
Date: 05/11/2021
Equipment: Sony a7riii + Tamron 150-500mm

9th Prize

Tomáš Novotný

Ještěd hill above low clouds
Incredible sunrise scene during inversion-type weather, when the Ještěd hill was only few meters above the low clouds.

Location: Ještěd hill near Liberec town, Czech Republic
Date: 26/11/2020
Equipment: Hasselblad of DJI Mavic Pro 2

10th Prize

Carlos Blanco Fernandez

Arco de niebla
After seeing the sunrise over an immense sea of clouds in Alto Gamoniteriro, when I descended and immersed myself in the mist.

Location: Alto Gamoniteiro, Asturias, España.
Date: 11/07/2020.
Equipment: Canon EOS6D + EF 16-35 f/4L
Parámetros: 16 mm, ISO-100, f/10, 1/250 seg

10th Prize

Nicolai Brügger

Castle over the sea
Sunset at the castle. The castle is a few metres over the fog and the sunlight is shining from the left.

Location: Füssen – Germany
Date: 15/12/2021
Equipment: Nikon d810 + Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 + rollei stativ + HY ND1000 Filter





1st Prize

Nicolai Brügger

World's EndWorlds End
Huge Mammatus clouds over a small village in bavaria before sunset.

Location: Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany
Date: 21/07/2019
Equipment: Nikon D810 with Sigma 14mm 1.8 lense. Rollei lion rock 20 Tripod

2nd Prize

Agustin Ferreiro

Green SkyGreen Sky
Awesome Northern Lights captured in Iceland, in November 2018, in the vicinity of a river, on a cold night at -7ºc: great show.

Location: Island
Date: 02/11/2018
Equipment: Canon EOS 6D MARKII, objetive SIGMA 14MM F/1,8, external trigger, tripod

3rd Prize

Stefan Zuser

December MorningDecember morning
Hoarfrost after the freezing fog.

Location: Lower Austria
Date: 16/12/2018
Equipment: Fuji Xe 1

4th Prize

Leszek Wybraniec

Tatry mountains in the cloudsTatry mountains in the clouds
I was delighted to see the mountains surrounded by clouds at sunrise.

Location: Tatry Mountains, Poland
Date: 14/12/2018
Equipment: Canon 5DIV, 28 mm, Canon 24-70, 1/160 sec,  2.8, ISO 8000

5th Prize

Carlos Punyet

Rocks and cloudsRocks and clouds
Aerial shot flying over Montserrat Mountain in Catalonia with Cessna 172 N at 3.500 feet the last 30th April 2019 at evening.

Location: Montserrat Mountain, Catalonia, Spain
Date: 30/04/2019
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon Lens EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 1/320 sec., f/5,6 at 45 mm, ISO 100

6th Prize

Dimitris Sagiakos

Zeus Over AthensZeus over Athens
A very active single – cell storm moved towards Athens city on 12/06/2019 …

Location: Athens, Greece
Date: 12/06/2019
Equipment: Nikon D7200 , 13 sec, single shot, ISO 100 , f/8, FL: 55mm, Lense: Nikkor 55-200mm f/4 – 5.6, Benro tripod

7th Prize

Kosuke Kitajima

Mysterious CloudsMysterious Clouds
It is a photograph of Mt. Fuji in Japan.
A mysterious cloud appears around Mt. Fuji.

Location: Fujinomiya, Japan
Date: 24/09/2019
Equipment: Sony ILCE-7M3, FE16-35mm F4 ZA OSS

8th Prize

Josef Hinterleitner

Cream toppingCream Topping
The Zugspitze with a crown

Location: Ehrwald to Tyrol, Austria
Date: 31/07/2018
Equipment: Canon 5D Mark III with Canon EF 4/17-40 mm L

9th Prize

Jaroslav Fous

Snowflake in the mossSnowflake in the moss
Very nice structured snowflake in the snow shower in Czech Republic, -3°C

Location: Podbořany, Czech Republic
Date: 11/01/2019
Equipment: Nikon D7200 + 12mm+20mm extension tube, reverse ring and nikkor 35mm/f2.0 Af-D

10th Prize

Ciprian Ionut Burloiu

Storm of HopeStorm of Hope
A man relaxing by the sea, without seeming to care about the approaching huge storm front.

Location: Porto Sant Elpidio, Italy
Date: 02/10/2019
Equipment: Canon 80D; Canon EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM


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

Europhotometeo 2012: 1st Prize Vittorio Poli: The Land of Fairy Tales

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

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

The Land of Fairy Tales

Location: AsiagoPlateau, Italy

2nd Prize

Ivan Medina Delli

Teide Hat

Teide Hat

Loacation: Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

3rd Prize

Sean Tomkins

Broken Spectre from the Cliffs of Moher by Sean Tomkins

Broken Spectre from the Cliffs of Moher

Location: Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland