[The Epoch Times, November 06, 2023](Reported by Epoch Inspired Staff/Compiled by Zhang Yufei) Recently, the annual weather photographer competition hosted by the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) announced the 2023 winners, from around the world Photographers and amateurs from all over the world show people the ever-changing meteorological landscapes in nature through their unique perspectives.
As the most prestigious international weather and climate photography competition, the Weather Photographer of the Year competition has entered its eighth year. The competition aims to raise awareness of the serious environmental issues threatening our planet by showcasing some of the world’s most compelling weather and climate photography, while inspiring people to get out and capture more unique views of weather and the environment.
This competition is extremely inclusive and is open to residents of any country and region and participants of all ages. Participants include senior professional photographers as well as amateurs, and it is completely free. This year’s competition is jointly organized by the Royal Meteorological Society and Standard Chartered.
Francisco Negroni from Chile won the competition with his photo “A Perfect Cloud”, winning the title of “Weather Photographer of the Year” and the highest prize of 5,000 pounds. bonus.
“Perfect Cloud” shows the huge lenticular cloud (also known as lenticular cloud or flying saucer cloud) surrounding the mouth of Villarrica volcano (one of the most active volcanoes in Chile), while the hot lava flows from The interior is illuminated by an oddly shaped double layer of clouds. This magnificent scene was selected from 25 shortlisted images and won unanimous praise from the expert judges.
To capture this once-in-a-lifetime moment, Francisco camped near the unstable volcano for ten days. “I think this is one of the most beautiful photos I’ve ever taken,” he said in a press release.
The competition also has awards such as the “Young Photographer Award”, “Mobile Photography Award” and the “Most Popular Award” voted by the public online.
Lez Irwig from Sydney, Australia won the title of “Smartphone Weather Photographer of the Year” for his work “Braving the Storm”, which was shot using a Samsung Galaxy S23 phone taking pictures.
This work shows a scene of a surfer bravely standing on a Sydney beach with his surfboard under his arm in the quiet moment before the storm.
Meanwhile, 17-year-old Jamie McBean won the title of Young Weather Photographer of the Year, along with a cash prize of £750 and a hardcover double-page magazine.
His winning image, Overhead Mammatus over Beach Huts at Herne Bay, was captured by the budding British photographer at sunset after a thunderstorm. An unusual sight of mammatus clouds. In this photo, the jagged structure of the clouds stands out against the evening sun.
The winner chosen by the public vote was Fernando Braga from Brazil, whose work “Divine Power” shows forked lightning around the famous landmark “Christ the Redeemer” in Rio de Janeiro. strange landscape.
Liz Bentley, CEO of the Royal Meteorological Society of the United Kingdom, said that the entries this time were “rich in type and of high quality” and it was really hard to distinguish between them. Every decision the judges made was very difficult. “We are very pleased with the winning results, which fully demonstrate the vagaries of weather phenomena in nature, which are sometimes beautiful, sometimes dangerous, sometimes peaceful, sometimes ‘roaring with rage’.”
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