Weather Photographer of the Year

I’ve seen a fair amount of debate on WordPress about the pros and cons of entering photography competitions.  To be fair, it seems to me the majority of posts have been anti.  The fear of being judged and found wanting, being a big motivator not to enter.  I’ve always been of the opinion that it’s worth giving an entry a go.  I’m not a fan of paid entry competitions, I believe these to be money making machines for the organisers but there are a great many free to enter competitions out there.  One of them that I entered last year was Weather Photographer of the Year.  I was lucky enough to take first place with the picture below.  The reason I’m posting it again now is I’m a judge on this years panel and having gone through 3,500 plus photographs, I was only able to choose 30 pictures.

I’ve seen so much better from the photographers on WordPress I follow, and those that I don’t, as I simply don’t have time to follow everyone, so my advice is enter!!.  Enter!! Enter!!  It’s worth it I assure you.  Enter and forget about it, you might just get that email which is what happened to me.  I couldn’t even remember the picture I’d entered.  The photography in this community that I’ve had the privilege of being a part of for the last 4, nearly 5 years is of an incredibly high standard.  I’m just passing on my knowledge of viewing a huge number of pictures recently.

We’ll be going through the shortlist on Friday,  I’ve approached the judging firmly as a photographer and looked for photographs I wished I’d taken.  I set myself such incredibly high standards and lately I haven’t been able to travel to take the pictures I’d want to post here.  I hope my back catelegue stands testament to that.  I’m very much looking forward to Friday and seeing what the other judges have brought to the the judging.  As well as photographers, the Chief Executive of the Royal Photographic Society for one, there’ll be meteorologists and a TV weatherman, who’ll no doubt have their own individual take on things.

The picture below shows a blizzard approaching a small seaside settlement AND me of course.  Driving became extremely difficult when, having got out of the 4×4 to take the picture, the blizzard hit within a few minutes and created complete white out for us.  I was quickly to learn why Icelandic roads have yellow markers every 25 yards to help you on your way.


6 responses

  1. Nil

    Let me sleep on it! ;-)

    Great photo, by the way! I can almost feel the wind gearing up! :-)

    August 7, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    • Have I already replied Nil? WordPress seems to think I have but I’m sure I haven’t. Thank you regarding the photo. As for photo competitions, it’s down to personal choice but I know from your output, you’d be a winner somewhere and it feels good to have your photography validated in some way. I’m still so insecure about my photography which is why I joined WordPress, to get feedback but feedback from a professional body of professionals is all the better and is an impetus to keep taking those photographs. For me anyway but accept it’s not for everybody. I don’t like the paid competitions with their ever changing closing dates for entries as they’ve not made enough money by the closing date advertised but there are plenty of free competitions out there that are worth entering.

      August 11, 2018 at 2:36 pm

  2. Makes me glad I live a long way south of Iceland, but on the other hand, we have a fire going not far from the town I live in so maybe Iceland is better. The rest of the world is burning it seems. I’d love to visit Iceland…a fascinating and very different and, in many ways, superior country. Wasn’t it Iceland that jailed the bankers after the 2008 collapse? I don’t think anyone else did.

    August 7, 2018 at 6:09 pm

  3. Sincere Congratulations Adrian—anyone willing not only to brave that cold storm, but further to stop for a professional-quality photograph of it-/is certainly deserving of the award in my book!! And a lovely nod to the photographic quality here on WP as well

    August 7, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    • Thank you very much. It was certainly cold when I took the picture without jacket or gloves. Sorry to hear about the wildfire you have burning near your home. It must be extremely worrying. It is unprecedented the number of droughts affecting so many parts of the world, even foggy and rainy old England. South Eastern Australia are in a terrible state, dust bowl conditions and they’re supposed to be in the middle of winter. There can be no doubt the climate is changing but those invested in keeping the status quo regarding the way we consume energy, will keep denying it. It’s a global problem, one that the Paris accord attempted to at least start to solve.

      August 11, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    • Thank you Tina. It was great to be shortlisted and then to take first place was amazing. I was completely serious in my post though. I’ve now been through the process of judging a major competition and the photography here on WordPress really does hold it’s own against the best that we have viewed.

      August 11, 2018 at 2:48 pm

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