Electric photography! The impressive winning pictures of an international storm photo competition showed, from breathtaking lightning to unbelievable tornadoes and threatening cloud formations
- In the first “Storm Photos of the Year” competition, entries came from all over the world
- There were two categories in the competition, Photographer of the Year and Photo of the Year
- US storm chaser Scott Peake won Photo of the Year with a breathtaking shot of a tornado and rainbow
Talk about eye-catching photos.
These are the electrifying winners and finalists of the first Storm Photos of the Year competition – and they feature some of the wildest weather conditions of 2020.
There were two categories in the competition, Photographer of the Year and Photo of the Year, with entries from all over the world, from the bright lights of Manhattan to the wilderness of Australia.
US storm chaser Scott Peake won the Photo of the Year category with a stunning shot taken from a wild tornado at the end of a rainbow near Ashby, Minnesota.
Meanwhile, New Mexico’s Tim Baca won the “Photographer of the Year” award for a portfolio that the jury believed contained “a variety of compositions with subtle editing and great foregrounds.”
Mike Olbinski, an Emmy Award-winning photographer and filmmaker who created the Storm photos of the year The contest said that despite the challenging circumstances of 2020, the submissions were nonetheless mind-blowing [with] Some absolutely insane close-up footage of lightning strikes, breathtaking compositions, and the raw power of tornadoes. Turn down to see the cream of the crop …
This picture, taken by Scott Peake near Ashby, Minnesota, took first place in the Photo of the Year category. It shows a tornado at the end of a rainbow crossing a long road. You can see the tornado’s path from right to left once the crop has been ripped out of the ground
Two intense lightning bolts land in the Hudson River and frame Manhattan’s One World Trade Center. The stunning picture was captured from the shores of Jersey City by Gary Hershorn, a finalist in the Photo of the Year category. The judges applauded the photographer for his rare capture of “upward currents” that can be seen on the lighter loft on the right
Danijel Palcic took third place in the Photo of the Year category with this beautiful photo taken at sunset of a rain outbreak with two strong lightning strikes on the Croatian coast
George Paraskevaides captured this mighty lightning bolt on Nicosia in Cyprus and lit the whole city. The picture was a finalist in the Photo of the Year category
Julien Stephant captured this electrifying picture, which was a finalist in the Photo of the Year category, in Genoa, Italy. It depicts a “gargoyle tornado” moving towards an industrial port, with lightning bolts adding to the dramatic scene
Another photo of Scott Peake in Minnesota, this time of a powerful drill tornado leaving a cloud of debris on its path as it narrowly misses the farmhouses on the right. It was a finalist in the Photo of the Year category
Tim Baca was named Photographer of the Year thanks to a portfolio that, according to the jury, contained “a multitude of compositions with subtle editing and great foregrounds”. This picture by Tim shows ominous clouds in the countryside west of New Cordell, Oklahoma
This incredible long exposure image captures lightning near Cuervo, New Mexico. The photo was taken by Photographer of the Year Tim Baca. The judges said of his job, “Storm chasing and taking pictures on the fly can be difficult, but Tim has managed to find beautiful spots to place before some epic storms.”
A monster storm is brewing over Sublette, Kansas, with dark, thunderous shadows squeezing the sky and clouds swirling ominously. The unique formation was captured by photographer of the year Tim Baca
A rare lightning strike races up into the sky from the Seceda mountain in the Italian Dolomites. In the eyes of the judges, it was good enough to make the photographer Bernard Geraghty a finalist in the Photo of the Year category
This fascinating picture was taken by Michael Morgan outside the rural town of Maleny, Australia. It took second place in the Photo of the Year category. It was praised by the judges for being more like an “art photo” with a “beautiful composition of a lonely tree, a grazing cow and a distant lightning bolt against a stormy sky”.
Melanie Metz captured this rare scene of a tornado and a rainbow. She took the picture in Dalton, Minnesota and it was a finalist in the Photo of the Year category
Lightning strikes the side of a mountain in the French Pyrenees in this powerful landscape captured by finalist Maxime Daviron