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The 2015 Photo Contest

GRAND PRIZE

GRAND PRIZE - Marcus Prazniak

Marcus Prazniak

El Cerrito, California, USA

A cloud casts a shadow onto the underside of an altocumulus cloud during sunset in Albany, California.

 

FIRST PRIZE

FIRST PRIZE - Laura Heiden

Laura Hedien

Grayslake, IL, USA

An arc cloud with rain shaft under a supercell, photographed in Beaumont Kansas.

 

SECOND PRIZE

SECOND PRIZE - Ginger Kral

Ginger Kral

Loveland, Colorado, USA

An iridescent lenticular (i.e., mountain wave) cloud photographed in Loveland, Colorado.

 

SECOND PRIZE

SECOND PLACE - Eric Kurth

Eric Kurth

Roseville, California, USA

An iridescent crepuscular ray in mist in Downieville, California.

 

THIRD PRIZE

THIRD PRIZE - Leonard Espinosa

Leonard Espinosa

Okemos, Michigan, USA

Sundogs, a sun pillar, and a 22° halo.

 

THIRD PRIZE

THIRD PRIZE - John Cassano

John Cassano

Louisville, Colorado, USA

Hoarfrost on grass.

 

THIRD PRIZE

THIRD PRIZE - Tyler McCandless

Tyler McCandless

Boulder, Colorado, USA

Blazing underlit clouds and fog at sunrise give the appearance of a wildfire in Boulder County, Colorado.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

HONORABLE MENTION - Frank Wells

Frank Wells

Santa Rita, Guam

An optical illusion created by a cirrus cloud and a cumulus cloud, photographed in Guam.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

HONORABLE MENTION - Rick Schmidt

Rick Schmidt

Topeka, Kansas, USA

A tornado rope-out photographed in Rozel, Kansas.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

HONORABLE MENTION - Nathan Gates

Nathan Gates, Longwood, Florida, USA

A far ranging lightning strike photographed in Longwood, Florida.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

HONORABLE MENTION - Paul Dawson

Paul Dawson, Boise, Idaho, USA

Brilliant Diamond dust sundogs with a rare (and still unexplained) Moilanen arc halfway between the sun and the top of the 22° halo in Boise, Idaho.

 

Photo Contest Judges

Bob Ryan has been a research and broadcast meteorologist in a career that spans almost 50 years. He is also a past-president of the American Meteorological Society and continues to be involved in programs for more effective communication of weather, climate, and environmental information. He is an Executive Editor of Weatherwise magazine.

Doyle Rice is the USA TODAY weather editor and reporter. He has been with USA TODAY since 2004. For seven years prior to working at USA TODAY, he was the managing editor of Weatherwise magazine.

Stanley David Gedzelman is a retired Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the City College of New York and a long-time contributor and Executive Editor of Weatherwise magazine.

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