AccuWeather / RMetS Weather Photographer of the Year 2018

AcuuWeather and the Royal Meteorological Society are looking for the best photographs from around the world that depict weather in its widest sense.

This could range from weather phenomena such as clouds, lightning, rain, fog and wind through to the impact of weather on man, cities and the natural landscape.

Submission Time:

27 March - 5 June 2018


The competition is open to everyone, including members of The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) and The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) except those directly involved in running the competition. Entrants enter the correct age category. The Organisers will verify the ages of those aged 16 and under and selected.

Entry fee:



Weather Photographer of the Year 2018, Overall Winner - £500 cash plus Olympus TG-5 Tough camera plus RMetS membership for the year

Weather Photographer of the Year (17 Years and above):

First Runner Up - £250 cash plus RMetS membership for the year

Second Runner Up - £200 cash plus RMetS membership for the year

Third Runner Up - £150 cash plus RMetS membership for the year

Young Weather Photographer of the Year 2018 (16 Years and under):

Young Weather Photographer of the Year 2018 - £100 cash + Olympus TG-5 Tough camera + RMetS membership for the year

Runner up - £50 cash + RMetS membership for the year

Image Requirements:

Please upload JPEG ONLY, each file will need to be under 5MB's. Maximum size is 2500px on the longest side, in sRGB colour space.


You may enter up to 6 single images.

Entries will be judged individually.

Images must be the sole work of the entrant. All submissions will be removed where any single image is found to be the work of another photographer

Entrants aged 16 years and under should obtain their parents/guardian permission before submitting images

Digital manipulation such as brightness, contrast, levels, colour balance, minor sharpening may only be used to optimise the image; other than cropping or dust spots elements may not be removed or added; digital techniques such as focus stacking or HDR are not permitted. Multiple exposures 'in camera' are permitted. Images that appear over-manipulated or distort the integrity of the subject will be excluded.

Winning and selected entrants may be required to provide the original RAW file (or JPG as shot) at the Organisers' discretion.

Entries may be made using a camera, smartphone or tablet, digitally or using film. In all cases files (or scans in the case of images on film) must be uploaded to the website. No print submissions will be accepted

Images that have won a prize in another competition before the competition closing date will not be eligible for a prize

Images should have been taken within the past three years

The Society may exclude any images which, in The Society's opinion, are likely to cause offence.

Winning and selected entrants must be able to supply high resolution files for printing within a reasonable period. Where this is not possible the image(s) will be excluded and no award made.

Winning and selected entries will be exhibited to the public.


The winners will be chosen by selectors plus one winner voted by the public utilising the competition website online voting system.

No individual feedback is available and the selectors' decision is final.

The winning images and selected images will be displayed online shortly after the final selection.

A selection of images from the winners and final shortlists may be used by the RMetS and RPS in their publications, online and social media channels in connection with the competition and exhibition.

Selectors will be appointed by the Organisers and short-listing and the final judging will take place during June and July. Successful entrants will be notified by email.

The Organisers reserve the right not to award prizes if the quality of entries falls below the required standard.