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The 2017 Photo Contest

GRAND PRIZE

Jan Curtis

Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA

Mammatus clouds, crepuscular rays, and a rainbow form in the aftermath of an evening storm that brought an inch of rain to Cheyenne, Wyoming. These two co-winning images, including one panoramic, were captured on June 21, 2016.

FIRST PRIZE

William T. Hark

Richmond, Virginia, USA

Mammatus with a dying supercell near Caprock, New Mexico. Photographed on May 22, 2017.

SECOND PRIZE

Candace Bonner

Corbett, Oregon, USA

A frost flower found at Gordon Creek watershed in Corbett, Oregon.Photographed in December 2016.

SECOND PRIZE

Nathan Gates

Longwood, Florida, USA

An impressive lightning storm strikes North of Lake Monroe, Sanford, Florida. Photographed in September 2017.

THIRD PRIZE

Eileen Nichol

Caledonia, Ontario, Canada

A snowflake with six symmetrical branches, which grew very quickly due to its small center. It featured long branches and an extended side branch growing from the tip of one of the branches. Photographed on December 30, 2016.

THIRD PRIZE

Marcus Prazniak

Cerrito, California, USA

Smoke from wildfires created a medium perfect for some impressive crepuscular rays in California. Photographed on August 5, 2016.

THIRD PRIZE

Bernard Loewenthal

Naples, Florida, USA

A mirror image of towering cumulus clouds near Naples, Florida. Photographed on March 13, 2005.

HONORABLE MENTION

John Cassano

Louisville, Colorado, USA

Polar stratospheric clouds over McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Photographed on September 9, 2016.

HONORABLE MENTION

Sue E. Merante

Leechburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Winter fields near near Malton, North Yorkshire, England. Photographed in early 2016.

HONORABLE MENTION

Jan Curtis

Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA

An unusual vertical panorama of the underside of a standing wave cloud showing a cloud-streaking pattern that persisted for over an hour. Taken in the morning, the sun (at the top of this image) is close to the eastern horizon. Photographed on October 21, 2016

HONORABLE MENTION

Jan Curtis

Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA

Lenticular clouds on the Front Range of the Rockies in the early morning. Photographed on March 31, 2017.

HONORABLE MENTION

Laura Hedien

Grayslake, Illinois, USA

Cumulus and cirrocumulus clouds. Photographed near Granada, Colorado, on June 30, 2016.

HONORABLE MENTION

Laura Hedien

Grayslake, Illinois, USA

A tornado appears on the horizon near Chapman, Kansas.Photographed on May 25, 2016.

HONORABLE MENTION

Marcus Prazniak

El Cerrito, California, USA

Stratocumulus clouds capture the deep reds of sunset. Photographed on August 29, 2016.

HONORABLE MENTION

William T. Hark

Richmond, Virginia, USA

A supercell in northeast Colorado. Photographed on May 26, 2017.

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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