Be nice again: Fantastic weather photography celebrated

The last images to be shortlisted for the Royal Meteorological Society’s Weather photographer of the year has been announced. This year, the highlights are dramatic storms, frozen and frosty vistas, spectacular sunsets and curious weather phenomena.

Photographers from around the world have shared their best weather photos and the stories behind the photos, showing some rare and spectacular sights.

The competition’s judging panel consists of photography and meteorological experts. They have selected a shortlist from the main and mobile categories and voting is now open to the public to decide their favorite finalist. The winners will be announced on 6 October 2022.

To view the shortlist photos and vote for your favorite, visit

Twinkle twinkle little star

The sun melts through the ice on the branches

The hot sun begins to melt through ice crystals that have formed around the branches of a tree, in this photo taken in Taiwan, January 2021. Photo: Rossi Fang


Sunset over a temple in Myanmar

A pagoda reflects the glow of the setting sun as it breaks through rain clouds over Myanmar, in May 2022. Photo by Aung Chan Thar

Dreaming of lightning

Double lightning strike

A full moon coincides with a spectacular lightning strike in Sant Pol de Mar, Barcelona, ​​Spain, in September 2019. Photo by Enric Navarrete Bachs

Departing storm over Bembridge Lifeboat Station

Double rainbow and dramatic sky above the lifeboat station

This image of a rare double rainbow was taken in the waters off Bembridge, Isle of Wight, UK, as a storm receded from the island. Photo by Jamie Russell

Pond wet

Man with rainbow umbrella walks past a flowing dam

Water flows down the dam wall of Wet Sleddale Reservoir near the village of Shap, Cumbria, UK. This image captures the heavy rain and strong winds brought to the UK by Storm Dennis in February 2020. Photo by Andrew McCaren

Scottish fog

fog rises over a forest

An early morning mist descends over Tarbet, Loch Lomond, Scotland, UK, in September 2021. Photo by Vince Campbell

Ghost under the cliff

Broken ghost shadow in low sun

A phenomenon known as a ‘Brocken Spectre’ is seen on a cliff at Tavertet, Barcelona, ​​Spain, in June 2021. A Brocken Specter is a large shadow cast by an observer (in this case the photographer) on a cloud or fog. When a person stands on a hill like this with the sun behind them, their shadow can be projected onto the cloud below. Photo by Emili Vilamala Benito

Winter’s icy grip

Ice crystals spread across the window

In Kiruna, the northernmost city in Sweden, a beautiful icy pattern appears just before dawn on a frosted window. Photo Felipe Martin Menzella


Snow-covered fields

This horse farm, located in southern Ontario, Canada, is shown in February 2022, after the area was hit by the worst snowfall in decades. Photo by Zhenhuan Zhou

Frosty winter sunrise over the Gwda River

The sun rises over a river in winter

A frosty and picturesque sunrise over the Gwda River in Pila, Poland. Hoarfrost, as shown in this image, is the most common type of frost and occurs on clear winter nights when the surface temperature drops below 0ºC. Photo by Krzysztof Tollas

Storm Eunice

A huge wave crashes over the lighthouse in a storm

Large waves rise from the sea at Newhaven during Storm Eunice, in this February 18, 2022 file photo. The south coast of Britain received its first ever red weather warning due to the huge storm. Several people died under falling trees and winds reached 197 km/h on the Isle of Wight. Photo by Christopher Ison

Rain bubble

Rain bubbles

Huge bubbles appear as heavy rain falls on the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in October 2020. Photo by Betel Tibebu

Circle the wheat

Storm over wheat fields

A supercell storm cloud hangs over a field filled with golden wheat in Kansas, US, June 2022. Supercells are potentially the most dangerous type of convective storm cloud. They tend to produce severe weather, including damaging winds, large hail, floods and tornadoes. Photo by Laura Hedien

Waterspout in Barcelona

Splashes of water appear over the cityscape

A hookah falls with a lightning strike across the early morning sky in Barcelona, ​​Spain, in July 2021. Photo by Carlos Castillejo Balsera

Solar halo makes an appearance over Adelaide Island, Antarctica

Solar Halo over Antarctica

A solar halo can be seen over the snowy peaks of Adelaide Island, near Rothera Research Station, Antarctica. Halos around the Sun or Moon occur when light is refracted or reflected by ice crystals, usually found in high cirrus or cirrostratus clouds or free-falling ice crystals. Photo by Thomas Chitson

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Dramatic sky over sunflower

Threatening storm clouds appear over a field of sunflowers, Rimavská Sobota, Slovakia, in July 2020. Photo by Tamás Kusza

Highway to paradise

Blurry car lights over foggy bridge

Two or three times each year, Črni Kal, a small town in Slovenia, experiences a temperature inversion that puts fog under the highway bridge, as shown in this amazing photo. Photo by Sara Jazbar

In search of water

Children collect water during drought

Periods of extreme heat in India can cause rivers and ponds to dry up completely, leaving people and animals struggling to find water. Here, children from the village of Purulia, West Bengal, have made deep pits in the dry river to collect whatever water they can find. Photo by Barun Rajgarias


Niagra Falls covered in ice

Icicles hang from both buildings and rocks in freezing temperatures at Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada, in January 2018. Photo by Zhenhuan Zhou

Water lily harvesting

Water lily harvesting

People collect water lilies in the wetlands of West Bengal, India, to sell at the local market. This photo was taken during the monsoon season, in August 2020. Photo by Shibasish Saha

Thunder in Chongqing

Lightning strikes the city offices

Lightning strikes illuminate the sky over the city of Chongqing, China, in April 2022. Photo by Luo Xing

Mock mirage sunset over the estuary

People on the estuary watch the sunset

People walk along the famous gravel road on a calm evening in Tankerton, Kent, UK, while a sunset over the Thames Estuary makes buildings in nearby Southend appear to float. Photo by Brendan Conway

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