Weather Photographer of the Year 2018 - Public vote now open!

Weather Photographer of the Year 2018 - Public vote now open!

Thu, 20/09/2018 - 15:29
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The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) in association with AccuWeather have selected 30 finalists for this year’s Weather Photographer of the Year competition. To view all of the short-listed images and cast your vote visit: and follow the link to vote.

The search for the 2018 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 – under-16s and 17 and older - range from weather phenomena such as clouds, lightning, rain, fog or snow through to the impact of weather on humans, cities and the natural landscape.

Almost 4,000 photographs were submitted, creating a challenging task for the selectors to narrow down the best images to be awarded prizes and be part of the Weather Photographer of the Year exhibition. The selectors included:


  • Liz Bentley; Chief Executive of the Royal Meteorological Society
  • Trish Mikita; Vice President Digital Strategy AccuWeather
  • Adrian Theze; Professional Photographer and winner of WPOTY 2017
  • Paul Kingston; Photographer and Camera Op at North News and Pictures
  • Matt Clark; photo editor of RMetS Weather magazine


The prize winners and the overall Weather Photographer of the Year 2018 will be announced at the RMetS event WeatherLive - an extreme weather conference to explore the severe weather events and climates around the world. The event takes place in November 2018.

Commenting on the short-listed images Trish Mikita, Vice President of Accuweather, said It was an honor to be a selector in this year’s competition and to see the images that people from around the world submitted, representing their unique observations and perceptions of weather,” she said. “The best photographs can so vividly capture both the grand majesty of weather events and their profound impact on our lives.”


For more information about the competition, please contact:


Image use

Using any of the images can only be done so in conjunction with publicising and promoting the competition. If you would like to feature a gallery of the photographs on a website or within a publication, please ensure full credit is provided to the photographer. For any additional enquiries regarding hi-res copies and reproducing the images, please contact


Notes to Editors:

About RMetS


The Royal Meteorological Society is the Professional and Learned Society for Weather and Climate. The Society serves not only those in academia and professional meteorologists, but also those whose work is affected in some way or other by the weather or climate, or simply have a general interest in the weather. The membership includes scientists, practitioners and a broad range of weather enthusiasts with membership open to anyone with an interest in weather and climate.

The Society is over 165 years old and was established on 3 April 1850. The programmes of the Society are broad and diverse. The Society administers the national qualifications of the profession,

publishes seven international science journals and has an active education programme for teachers and children. Our programme of conferences and meetings bring together scientists and students, operational and amateur meteorologists, and industry from across the international community.

RMetS also provides support to the media and is actively involved in the Government policy development on areas around weather and climate change.

Our mission statement is ‘to promote meteorology as a science, profession and interest.’ To find out more about the Royal Meteorological Society and becoming a member, please visit:  


About AccuWeather, Inc. and


More than 1.5 billion people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides hourly and Minute by Minute™ forecasts with Superior Accuracy™ with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smartphones, tablets, free wired and mobile Internet sites, connected TVs, and Internet appliances, as well as via radio, television, and newspapers.

Established in 1962 by Founder, President and Chairman Dr. Joel N. Myers -- considered the “father of modern commercial meteorology,” the nation’s most respected source on the business of meteorology having been named “the most accurate man in weather” by The New York Times, and one of the top entrepreneurs in American history in Entrepreneur Magazine's Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs -- AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions, as well as news, weather content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites.


About RPS

The Royal Photographic Society is the world’s oldest photography organisation dating from 1853. It is a charity that exists to educate members of the public by increasing their knowledge and understanding of photography, to promote the highest standards of achievement in photography and to encourage public appreciation of photography. Membership is open to all, irrespective of experience or knowledge. The Society’s patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.