Weather Photographer of the Year 2020

Closing date is 6 July 2020

The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) is calling on photographers of all ages and abilities to enter its annual photography competition, ‘Weather Photographer of the Year 2020’ and ‘Young Weather Photographer of the Year 2020’ in association with AccuWeather, a global weather and leading digital media company. Now in its fifth year, this popular competition attracts entries from around the world. This year’s competition is particularly special as the Society celebrates its 170th Anniversary.

Professional and amateur photographers, regardless of their experience or use of the latest photographic equipment or a simple smartphone, are invited to participate in the RMetS’ annual competition, exclusively featuring photos of weather. Weather is consistently on people’s minds because it impacts so much of our daily lives. It also lends itself fantastically to photography. Weather photos can be taken from the front doorstep, a window or the back garden, so even while following guidelines to stay safe during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, anyone can enter. Entrants may even submit photos taken in previous years. This year, for the first time, there is no date restriction on when photos are taken, so photographers are encouraged to dig deep and scour their archives.

The image shows a collage of previous entries (WPOTY2019)
The image shows a collage of previous entries (WPOTY2019)

Weather Photographer of the Year provides a platform for the world’s very best weather photography, depicting weather in its widest sense. Attracting almost 6,000 photographs from around the world, extensive media coverage and thousands of public votes in 2019, this annual competition keeps growing.

The weather makes for some of the most stunning photography and RMetS is calling for impressive images that tell an intriguing story. The closing date is 6 July 2020.

A highly respected panel of judges, including meteorologists, photographers and photo editors will look for images that combine photographic skill with meteorological observation. The competition is free to enter, and shortlisted entries will be put to a vote to discover the public’s favourite.

Gareth Mon Jones, winner of RMetS Weather Photographer of the Year 2019, and one of this year’s judges, said: “It was one of the proudest moments in my life. After being shortlisted I was not aware of the impact my photo had on the judges; not only was I made up being on the shortlist, but I was in the running with people from around the world for the top prize. I’d like to thank everybody at the Royal Meteorological Society for hosting a superb competition that anyone in the world can enter.”   

This is the second time the competition is in association with AccuWeather, one of the world’s most known and trusted weather brands, which was also the key sponsor in 2018. Said AccuWeather expert meteorologist and content judge Jesse Farrell, “We are delighted to partner once more with the RMetS for this competition, which captures and celebrates the awe of weather. In this era of social distancing due to COVID-19, weather—in all its beauty and power — is one the constants that continues to bring us together. Just as we check our watches, we check the weather multiple times daily on our app, planning our day and our lives around the weather forecast.”

The winners of ‘Weather Photographer of the Year 2020’, ‘Young Weather Photographer of the Year 2020’ and the runners up from each category will be announced in the autumn.

For media enquiries, please contact Melissa Gerbaldi, Communications Manager (Royal Meteorological Society) on or (0)118 208 0483.


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