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The winners of the Royal Meteorological Society's Weather Photographer of the Year 2022 announced

The title winner is Christopher Ison with 'Storm Eunice' taken in February as the storm hi Newhaven in East Sussex

The winners of Weather Photographer of the Year for 2022 have been announced, with jaw-dropping images of brutal storms and cascading frozen waterfalls taking the top prizes.

From a shortlist of 22 images chosen from entries representing 119 countries, “Storm Eunice” by Christopher Ison has been selected as the overall winner of the prestigious Royal Meteorological Society competition.

Photography led a celebration of talented photographers of all ages from around the world, capturing weather and climate in their most vivid forms.

The spectacular photograph of Ison was taken in Newhaven, East Sussex in February as Storm Eunice hit the UK.

The title winner is Christopher Ison with 'Storm Eunice' taken in February as the storm hi Newhaven in East Sussex

The title winner is Christopher Ison with ‘Storm Eunice’ taken in February as the storm hi Newhaven in East Sussex

The second prize went to

The second prize went to “Frozen” by Zhenhuan Zhou for its breathtaking image of Niagara Falls

Ison said she realized the storm would hit at the same time the high tide began to crash against the harbor wall. The talented photographer was well rewarded for his efforts in battling the storm with an incredible image capturing the brutality of the water.

“When the storm was predicted and it carried the first ever red warning for the south coast, I knew I had to find a place to record it – it was going to be big!” he said.

“I arrived early enough to find many photographers already drenched in rain and seawater, standing very close to the harbor wall. I decided to head for the heights and a little further, with my back to the weather. I was rewarded with a series of images of which I am very proud.

Ison also said the judges loved that his photograph captured the power of nature, “reminding us of how small and insignificant we really are.”

“It conveys the dramatic movement and force of the sea as well as the resistance offered by a man-made building. The detail of the giant wave with face-like structures penetrating water gives it an almost mystical feel,” he said.

Third place goes to Emili Vilamala Benito for 'Ghost Under the Cliff'.  He took the stunning image on the Tavertet cliff in Barcelona, ​​Spain

Third place goes to Emili Vilamala Benito for ‘Ghost Under the Cliff’. He took the stunning image on the Tavertet cliff in Barcelona, ​​Spain

The 2022 Young Weather Photographer of the Year Award went to 17-year-old Eris Pil for her photography

The 2022 Young Weather Photographer of the Year Award went to 17-year-old Eris Pil for her photograph ‘Mammatus Sunset’

The 2022 Young Weather Photographer of the Year was awarded to Eris Pil, from Pennsylvania in the United States, who just turned 17 this week. The young photographer captured the stunning image on an iPhone.

Eris said, “The sky was completely lit up in a way I had never seen before, like these beautiful backlit watercolor clouds, displaying these spectacular mammatus clouds overhead. I love mammatus clouds; it was the first time I had seen them. I hope to have the opportunity to see them again.

The shortlisted images were also put to a public vote, with nearly 5,500 votes cast for the 22 finalists from 15 countries. A crowd favorite was ‘Departing Storm Over Bembridge Lifeboat Station’ by Jamie Russell from the Isle of Wight.

Jamie had been chasing showers and storms from west to east across the island in an attempt to capture some of the incredible rainbows. He reached Bembridge just as the final shower was starting and, in a panic, waded through waist-deep water, fully clothed, just to compose this scene.

Shreya Nair’s ‘Tyndall Effect’ was finalist for Young Weather Photographer of the Year for the image taken in their backyard in India

The crowd favorite was Jamie Russell.  He won for his 'Departing Storm Over Bembridge Lifeboat Station', taken on the Isle of White

The crowd favorite was Jamie Russell. He won for his ‘Departing Storm Over Bembridge Lifeboat Station’, taken on the Isle of White

With anyone now able to capture great photos with the phone in their pocket, the cell phone category has become hotly contested.

The judges said they were in no doubt that the mobile phone winner should be Myanmar’s Aung Chan Thar with “Sunset.”

After an overcast and rainy evening, the sun peeked through the clouds and mist just in time for Aung to capture this stunning sunset shot.

Aung said, “Thanks to the sun, the pagoda has become brighter. The judges commented that the way the quality of light affects the atmosphere is simply stunning, and the metallic golds and yellows are transported beautifully into the sky. Rising mists enhance the atmosphere around the road and the structure of the golden globe in the foreground. The sun disappearing behind the clouds also seems to form an interesting planetary relationship with the globe which adds to this late evening scene.

Cell phone winner Aung Chan Thar took his picture

Mobile phone winner Aung Chan Thar took his ‘Sunset’ picture on a cloudy and rainy evening in Myanmar

Mobile Phone Runner Up Vince Campbell snapped his 'Scotch Mist' shot during an overnight stopover in Tarbet, Loch Lomond in Scotland on an early morning hike with his two dogs

Mobile Phone Runner Up Vince Campbell snapped his ‘Scotch Mist’ shot during an overnight stopover in Tarbet, Loch Lomond in Scotland on an early morning hike with his two dogs

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