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Storm Photography Contest

The first true storm photography contest! Our purpose in creating Storm Photos of the Year, or what we affectionately call “The Stormys”, is to reward incredible storm photographers around the globe for their hard work every year with a photography contest made specifically for them! From Australia to Italy to Canada to Argentina to the United States and a million other places, storm photographers are capturing astounding images that deserve to be recognized.

We also are out to break the mold of other photography contests out there, which is to lock you into horrific terms of use agreements so that you are terrified your image will end up on a billboard somewhere solely because you entered it into a contest.

The images are yours. Not ours. Our only hope is to use them to promote you, your work and our little contest here. That’s the end of the story. You can read our entire rules and guidelines.

2021 is our soft launch, with two main awards available to enter. We plan on expanding our categories every year.

Finally, we are proud of our judges. They know storms. They chase storms. They are photographers themselves. They know what it takes to get the images you are submitting and what makes them special.

We can’t wait to see what you send our way!

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The Awards

Storm Photo of the Year

$750 Grand Prize / 20×30 Metal Print of Winning Photo / Davis AirLink, Professional Air Quality Sensor / Lightning Trigger IV

$200 Second Place
$100 Third Place

The single, best photo of 2020. All photos submitted to this category will be reviewed for the short list, narrowed down to 30 Selections that will be critiqued on video, then cut down to 10 Finalists, again critiqued on video and finally the winner will be announced. Submit as many images as you like!

Storm Photographer of the Year

$750 Grand Prize / 20×30 Metal Print of Winning Photo / Davis Vantage Vue Weather Station Bundle

$200 Second Place
$100 Third Place

This award encompasses a body of work produced in 2020. Photographers will submit 8-10 images, captured on different dates, to showcase the best of their portfolio for that year. Entries will be narrowed down to 20 Selections that will be critiqued on video, cut down to the 10 Finalists, again critiqued on video and finally the winner will be announced. Only one submission per photographer.

The Basic Rules

All Photos Must Have Been Taken in 2020
RAW files will be required before finalists announced.
No composites, digital art or stacks are allowed at this time. Panoramas are okay!

please read full rules and terms

The Judges

For 2020, we have four people who love storms and love photography. Most run their own workshops and all are seasoned in the art of taking pictures and also editing them. We can’t wait to expand our team to be more diverse and include a range of talent in 2022.

Read more about the judges!

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