The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) and The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) have announced the winners of the 2017 Weather Photographer of the Year competition:
Overall Weather Photographer of the Year 2017 - Mike Olbinski - 'Superstrike'
1st place, 17 and over category – Adrian Theze - 'Eye of the Storm'
2nd place, 17 and over category – Michele Palazzo - 'Flatiron Building in the Blizzard'
3rd place, 17 and over category – Merveille Adomou - 'Frozen Fall'
Young Weather Photographer of the Year 2017 – Luisa Imazio - 'Photographer’s Troubles'
Runner up, 16 and under category – Marco Imazio - 'White Cloth of Snow'
The Public’s Favourite – Scott Robertson – 'Calmer, Fogbow'
The RPS and RMetS would like to congratulate all seven winners, as well as the 48 finalists! (All shortlisted images can be viewed here).
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 - ranged from weather phenomena such as clouds, lightning, rain, fog or snow through to the impact of weather on humans, cities and the natural landscape. Around 2000 photographs were submitted from more than 60 countries. Forty-eight photographs were shortlisted, from which the winners were selected.
The shortlisting panel consisted of:
- Prof Liz Bentley; Chief Executive of the Royal Meteorological Society
- Dr 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.”
The Weather Photographer of the Year exhibition will go on tour around the UK later this year and into 2018. Exhibitions currently scheduled include:
- 7-8 October 2017, Liverpool. Digital Splash
- 4 November 2017, London. WeatherLive (More information below)
Other venues and dates will be added as they are confirmed.
A call for entries for the 2018 competition will be made in early 2018: www.weather-photo.org
WeatherLive is a new event for the Society and is the ultimate day out for weather enthusiasts. This year the Royal Meteorological Society is working with the Royal Horticultural Society and the Royal Photographic Society.
A host of respected speakers will present throughout the day, sharing experiences and knowledge include well-known names such as Michael Fish and Peter Gibbs. Prices start at just £49 to attend for Society members, so don’t delay and book your place today!