Weather Photographer of the Year 2016

11 September 2016


The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) and The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) have announced the winners of the Weather Photographer of the Year 2016 competition. Tim Moxon was 2016 Weather Photographer of the Year for his image 'Tornado on Show' and the over 16 category was won by Ben Cherry for his image 'Sprite Lightning' and the 16 and under category by James Bailey for 'Hailstorm and rainbow over the seas of Covehithe'. The public vote winner was Paul Kingston's 'Storm Cumbria'.  All the winners and finalists can be seen here.

Commenting on why ‘Tornado on show’ won the Overall Weather  Photographer  of  the  Year  award,  Tim  Rudman,  international  photographer  said: “Tim Moxon’s  dramatic  photograph  fulfils  all  the  requested  criteria  supremely  well.  It  captures  in a moment, and at close quarters, an intensely dramatic weather event, showing both the formation and impact of the tornado. The inclusion of the storm chasers adds scale and a human element, which irresistibly engages the viewer. The exposure is spot on and the composition compelling.”

Tim Moxon commented: “A classic severe weather setup in the high plains of Colorado near the town of Wray yielded one of the most photogenic tornadoes of the year. We were just ahead of the storm as the tornado started and tracked with it as it grew from a fine funnel to a sizeable cone tornado. At this moment the twister was at its most photogenic while it's parent supercell continued to be manageable. We were among a number of people, including those you see in the shot, nervously enjoying the epic display nature put on for us. Taken on a Canon 5DS-R with a Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS lens, 1/160, F5.6, 24mm, ISO400, 4 May 2016.”

The search for the 2016 Weather Photographer of the Year began earlier this year with a call for the best photographs depicting weather from around the world. Entries in two categories – under-16s and 17 and older - range from weather phenomena such as clouds, lightning, rain, fog or snow through to the impact of weather on humans, cities and the natural landscape. A call for entries for the 2017 competition will be made announced early in 2017.

More than 800 photographs were submitted, creating a challenging task for the selectors to narrow down the best images to be awarded prizes and be part of the Weather Photographer of the Year exhibition. More than 2500 members of the public took part in the public vote. 

Michael Pritchard, RPS commented on Ben Cherry’s first placed image: “Ben Cherry has made the most of circumstance and serendipity to capture a very rare form of lightning. Showing this as part of the wider night sky and Milky Way has created a very beautiful and ethereal image that stood out immediately to the selectors.”

The exhibition will go on tour, details of which can be seen here:

All the finalists photographs can be seen in the Royal Meteorological Society’s 2017 calendar which is now available to buy for just £6 via

Image: © Tim Moxon, 'Tornado on Show'. Overall winner of the 2016 Weather Photographer of the Year.