“There's no such thing as good weather, or bad weather. There's just weather and your attitude towards it” -Louise Hay. This quote perfectly describes the spirit of the Weather Photographer of the Year photo competition, the mission of which is to showcase the many faces of weather around the world. The contest is organized by the Royal Meteorological Society and AccuWeather.
This year, almost 9,000 entrees were submitted to compete for the prize. The stunning photo that earned Giulio Monton the title Weather Photographer of the Year is called Morning Fog, and it depicts a foggy morning in the town of Airuno in Italy. “Under the mist passes the river Adda,” said Montot in a statement. “In the autumn months, on some days,” he continues, “it is possible to see this show with the first lights of sunrise. After 20 minutes, everything is over. This award repays me for the cold hours endured, waiting for the perfect light for that photo.”
View Monton’s winning photo and 14 more images from the 2021 Weather Photographer of the Year competition.
Overall Winner: “Morning Fog” by Giulio Montoni
Public Vote Winner: “Lightning from an Isolated Storm over Cannes Bay” by Serge Zaka
A massive thunderstorm on a full-moon night in the Bay of Cannes, in France.
Finalist: “Floating Red” by Jiming Zhang
A setting sun at the Sapu Mountain in Tibet.
Runner-up: “Self Portrait in a Boat” by Evgeny Borisov
The photo was taken on the partially frozen Lake Kok-Kol in Russia.
Finalist: “Beautiful Mammatus Clouds above Pag Town” by Danijel Palčić (Croatia)
Mammatus clouds look like little pouches from a cloud. These bulges are said to look like the udders of a cow, and they usually form on a storm cloud.
Finalist: “Mountain Skyscape” by Angela Lambourn
Lenticular clouds above the mountains near the coastal town of Nerja on the Costa del Sol. A lenticular cloud is a lens-shaped cloud.
Runner-up, Young Weather Photographer of the Year: “Thunderstorm vs Beauty” by Fynn Gardner, 14
The calm after a thunderstorm in Frenchs Forest, New South Wales, Australia.
Finalist: “Sun Shower” by Calvin Downes
A classic case of sunshine and rain in The Quiraing on the Isle of Skye.
Finalist “Perfect Storm” by Craig Boehm
A prairie being enveloped by a supercell storm. Big storms like this one can generate tornadoes, dangerous winds, baseball-sized hail, and torrential rain.
Finalist: “Misty Rainbow” by Dani Agus Purnomo
A rainbow perfectly is framing a lone tree in the tea fields of Tangerang Selatan, Indonesia.
Finalist: “Flooding in York, UK” by Andrew McCaren
Finalist: “Ring of Fire” by Sachin Jagtap
The ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse of 10 June 2021 on the New Jersey shoreline.
Young Weather Photographer of the Year: “Kansas Storm” by Phoenix Blue, 17
A supercell in Kansas. Just below the bright blue storm, you can see an Arcus cloud. Also called shelf clouds, these wedge-shaped clouds are typically a sign of severe weather.
Winner in Mobile Phone: “Foggy Morning” by Christopher de Castro Comeso
A foggy morning near Qasr Al Hosn, a famous landmark in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Runner-up in Mobile Phone: “Between Showers” by Susan Kyne Andrews
A double rainbow on the South Beach, Greystones, just south of Dublin.
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