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For our FOURTH ANNUAL Storm Photos of the Year contest (AKA The Stormys), there were five categories to enter: Photo of the Year, Tornado Photo of the Year, Lightning Photo of the Year, The Photojournalism Award and Photographer of the Year. The first four sought to find the most incredible, single photos taken from the prior year in their respective categories. And the fifth (portfolio) award looked to recognize the achievement of putting together an amazing set of 10 images taken in 2023.

All photos were taken in 2023 as this annual contest is geared to celebrating the prior calendar year in storm photography.

The Stormys received over 900 images submitted from across the world, besting last year’s contest!

We are so incredibly grateful for everyone who entered and made this the best year yet for our contest. Our mission from the start has always been to highlight all the passionate and hard-working storm chasers and photographers around the world, who never before had a spotlight on their specific niche of imagery. The feedback we’ve received about this contest has been so heart warming and reassuring. This is mostly a passion project and to hear that it’s been inspirational, helpful and motivating, makes all the hard work worth it.

The winners were announced on March 28th at 1pm Eastern Time. You can see all the winning images below!

Brett Wright won Photo of the Year

Tanner Schaaf won Tornado Photo of the Year

Daniel Schumacher won Lightning Photo of the Year

Dorion Antares won The Photojournalism Award

Tim Baca won Photographer of the Year

First place prizes included various amounts in cash.  Photo and Photographer of the Year winners each receive a Tempest by WeatherFlow Weather Stations, and a Camera Bag from K&F Concepts and a one-year membership to Pixsy Image Protection goes to the winner of Lightning Photo of the Year. The Tornado Photo of the Year Award wins a Think Tank Camera Bag. The Photojournalism Award also wins a camera bag from Think Tank along with the cash prize. Runners up in Photo, Tornado and Photographer of the Year received various cash prizes.

The Stormys will return in early 2025 to judge photos from 2024.

Congrats to all and thank you for your support!