Now in its fifth year, the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) Weather Photographer of the Year competition 2020, in association with AccuWeather, a global weather and leading digital media company, provides a platform for the world’s very best weather photography, depicting weather in its widest sense. Attracting around 6,000 photographs from around the world, extensive media coverage and thousands of public votes in 2019, this annual competition keeps growing. This year’s competition is particularly special as the Society celebrates its 170th Anniversary.
Weather is consistently on people’s minds because it impacts so much of our daily lives. It also lends itself fantastically to photography. We are seeking those pictures that showcase the sometimes dramatic and always fascinating story and impact of weather. In keeping with government and public health authority instructions, staying safe and preventing further spread during the Coronavirus pandemic is critical to staying healthy, and saving lives, and all instructions must be followed while taking part in the competition. Weather photos can be taken from the front doorstep, a window or the back garden and this year, for the first time, there is no date restriction on when photos are taken; so dig deep and scour your archives.
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 there are no individual categories. Hashtags are actively encouraged and shortlisted entries will be put to a vote to discover the public’s favourite.
As a result, your photograph could be seen by millions.
14 May to 6 July 2020
7 July 2020 to 30 July 2020
21 August 2020
21 August 2020 to 25 September 2020
Autumn 2020, exact date TBC
Celebrating its 170th anniversary this year, the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) is the leading independent expert in weather and climate.
RMetS is a membership charity with a mission to engage, enthuse and educate by promoting the understanding and application of weather and climate science for the benefit of all. The Society works to strengthen the science and raise awareness of the importance of weather and climate, support meteorological professionals and inspire enthusiasts.
The Society's programmes are broad and diverse, with activities and events held for members, the general public and wider meteorological and climate community.
To find out more about the Royal Meteorological Society and becoming a member, please visit: www.rmets.org