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2nd Annual 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.

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 for 2022

Storm Photo of the Year

$800 Grand Prize / 20×30 Metal Print of Winning Photo

$200 Second Place
$100 Third Place

The single, best photo of 2021. 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 2021. Photographers will submit 10 images, captured on at least SEVEN different dates, to showcase the best of their portfolio for that year. Entries will be narrowed down to 12 Selections that will be critiqued on video, cut down to the 6 Finalists, again critiqued on video and finally the winner will be announced. Only one submission per photographer.

Tornado Photo of the Year

$750 Grand Prize / 20×30 Metal Print of Winning Photo

$200 Second Place
$100 Third Place

A new award for 2022! The best tornado photo of the year with special guest judge Nick Drieschman from Extreme Tornado Tours. 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!

The Basic Rules

All Photos Must Have Been Taken in 2021
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 2022, we have five people who love storms and love photography, plus a guest judge for the Tornado Phot of the Year award! Most run their own workshops, tours and all are seasoned in the art of taking pictures, chasing storms and also editing them. We can’t wait to expand our team to be more diverse and include a range of talent in 2022.

Nick Drieschman

Read more about the judges!

2022 Stormys Update!

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