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The 2013 Photo Contest

What better way could there be to spend time than sifting through hundreds of photographs of spectacular, unusual, and beautiful weather events? The annual Weatherwise Photo Contest judges enjoy every minute of their job, but they take it very seriously as they work together to pick the best of the crop from each year's entries. This year's contest was all about clouds—shelf clouds, fog, mammatus, undulatus asperatus, anvil clouds, funnel clouds, and fall streaks. Our judges had their work cut out for them as they sifted through our many entries to pick the best, and we think you'll agree that the winners are pretty amazing. They represent some of the best depictions of the different cloud formations we have seen, in addition to examples of some other pretty spectacular weather phenomena. Thank you as always to everyone who entered this year's contest, and congratulations to the winners!

GRAND PRIZE

Wayne Wilson

Oroville, California, USA

Cumulonimbus anvil cloud with inflowing cirrus, photographed in Oroville, California, on May 9, 2013.

FIRST PRIZE

Laura Hedien

Grayslake, Illinois, USA

Mammatus photographed in the setting sun after a non-tornadic supercell dropped hail on onlookers. Photographed outside of Amarillo, Texas, on April 30, 2012.

SECOND PRIZE

Victor Gensini

Warrenville, Illinois, USA

A tornado lifts into a funnel cloud, just prior to passing over a dirt road in central Canada.

SECOND PRIZE

Timothy Tonge

Castle Rock, Colorado, USA

The setting sun offsets lightning and a rainbow, photographed in Castle Rock, Colorado, on July 31, 2012.

THIRD PRIZE

Steven Martin

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Fallstreaks and altocumulus, photographed in Monument Valley, Arizona, on December 6, 2012.

THIRD PRIZE

Laura Hedien

Grayslake, Illinois, USA

Non-tornadic supercell with sunset and rainstreaks, photographed near Oakley, Kansas, on June 3, 2011.

THIRD PRIZE

Mary Leck

Kendall Park, New Jersey, USA

Ice forms the shape of a trilobite along the edge of Shallow Brook, Plainsboro Preserve in Plainsboro, New Jersey, on January 23, 2013.

HONORABLE MENTION

Randy Hathaway, Maumelle, Arkansas, USA

Wave clouds, photographed in Maumelle, Arkansas, on April 26, 2013.

HONORABLE MENTION

Kyle James Blekicki, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Maine sunset reflected in water, photographed in Stonington, Maine, in September, 2012.

HONORABLE MENTION

Timothy Tonge, Castle Rock, Colorado, USA

Towering cumulonimbus cloud and setting sun, photographed at Castle Rock, Colorado, on June 25, 2001.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Jan Curtis, Gresham, Oregon, USA

A crater covered in snow photographed from 36,000 feet at SP Crater, Arizona, on January 25, 2010.

HONORABLE MENTION

Frank Wells, Santa Rita, Guam

Cumulonimbus and iridescent altocumulus with crepuscular rays and a shadow, photographed in Guam, on June 25, 2012.

HONORABLE MENTION

Lynne Fawcett Fishman, Heber City, Utah, USA

Morning fog photographed in Heber Valley, Utah, on October 14, 2012.

HONORABLE MENTION

Nathan Gates, Longwood, Florida, USA

Cumulus with lightning and a sunset, photographed near Lake Monroe in Sanford, Florida, on June 11, 2012.

HONORABLE MENTION

Thomas Adams, Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA

Towering cumulus penetrates altocumulus creating a shadow and rainstreaks, photographed in Leggs Mesa, Massachusetts, on August 13, 2012.

HONORABLE MENTION

Laura Hedien, Grayslake, Illinois, USA

Arc cloud with fallstreaks, photographed near Piedmont, Oklahoma, on May 28, 2012.

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