Photo of Dramatic Cloud Rings Over a Volcano Wins Weather Photographer of the Year 2023

Photo of Dramatic Cloud Rings Over a Volcano Wins Weather Photographer of the Year 2023
(Courtesy of Francisco Negroni via Weather Photographer of the Year)
Epoch Inspired Staff
10/25/2023
Updated:
10/25/2023
0:00

Supercharged storms, a gigantic lenticular cloud over a volcano, incredible ice sculptures, and more—this year’s finalists in the Standard Chartered Weather Photographer of the Year award showcase some of the world’s most striking weather in their captivating shots.

Currently in its eighth year, this annual competition that is hosted by the Royal Meteorological Society has 25 shortlisted entries submitted by photographers from 94 countries.

Chile-based Francisco Negroni was awarded the top prize for his shot of “A Perfect Cloud,” which captured an enormous lenticular cloud surrounding the crater of the Villarrica volcano—one of Chile’s most active volcanoes.

Mr. Negroni spent 10 days camping near the volatile peak to capture this special moment. The resulting photo contrasts fiery hot lava with white snow, while the flying saucer-like clouds are illuminated magnificently.

"A Perfect Cloud" by Francisco Negroni of Chile won the title of the Standard Chartered Weather Photographer of the Year 2023. (Courtesy of Francisco Negroni via Weather Photographer of the Year)
"A Perfect Cloud" by Francisco Negroni of Chile won the title of the Standard Chartered Weather Photographer of the Year 2023. (Courtesy of Francisco Negroni via Weather Photographer of the Year)
“I think it is one of my most beautiful photographs,” said Mr. Negroni, who took this picture with his Nikon D610 camera.

The winning shot also shows “the rotation of the earth: the stars appear as streaks, since their position in the sky shifted during the long exposure,” according to a press release.

The Standard Chartered Weather Photographer of the Year competition also includes a smartphone category, which is run by the UK’s Royal Meteorological Society. The winning image in this category was a picture taken with a Samsung S23 which was praised by judges for its “drama and quality.”

Sydney-based Les Irwig captured a quiet moment in which a surfer stands clinging to his board amidst the waves on an Australian beach with a dramatic, stormy sky above him.

“One wonders what was on his mind as he stands in readiness,“ Mr. Irwig said about his picture, ”Braving the Storm.”

"Braving the Storm" by Mr. Irwig won the Standard Chartered Smartphone Weather Photographer of the Year. (Courtesy of Les Irwig via Weather Photographer of the Year)
"Braving the Storm" by Mr. Irwig won the Standard Chartered Smartphone Weather Photographer of the Year. (Courtesy of Les Irwig via Weather Photographer of the Year)

Meanwhile, the Young Weather Photographer of the Year title went to 17-year-old Jamie McBean, who won a generous cash prize and a double-page magazine spread for his photo of unusual cloud formations over beach huts in Kent, UK. The budding photographer grabbed his camera at sunset following a heavy thunderstorm to capture the incredible scene.

"Overhead Mammatus over Beach Huts at Herne Bay" by Jamie McBean won the title Standard Chartered Young Weather Photographer of the Year 2023. (Courtesy of Jamie McBean via Weather Photographer of the Year)
"Overhead Mammatus over Beach Huts at Herne Bay" by Jamie McBean won the title Standard Chartered Young Weather Photographer of the Year 2023. (Courtesy of Jamie McBean via Weather Photographer of the Year)

More than 9,000 people from around the world cast their vote in the Public Vote category. The “clear winner,” according to organizers of the competition, was Fernando Braga for his electrifying photo of lightning framing the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Of his experience taking his winning image, “Divine Power,” Mr. Braga said: “This night was simply unforgettable for me. Like a dream come true.”

"Divine Power" by Fernando Braga was the Public Vote Winner. (Courtesy of Fernando Braga via Weather Photographer of the Year)
"Divine Power" by Fernando Braga was the Public Vote Winner. (Courtesy of Fernando Braga via Weather Photographer of the Year)

According to Liz Bentley, chief executive of the Royal Meteorological Society, the entries had such a “variety and quality” that the judges had a tough decision to make.

“We’re delighted with the results, which show the capacity of the world’s weather for beauty and destruction, tranquility and power,” Ms. Bentley said.

Check out some more winning images below:

"Forest Fire Boundary" by Tran Tuan of Vietnam bagged the title of Standard Chartered Weather Photographer of the Year 2023 Runner up – 2nd Place. Mr. Tuan used a drone to capture the devastating effect of a forest fire in Bac Giang province, Vietnam. (Courtesy of Tran Tuan via Weather Photographer of the Year)
"Forest Fire Boundary" by Tran Tuan of Vietnam bagged the title of Standard Chartered Weather Photographer of the Year 2023 Runner up – 2nd Place. Mr. Tuan used a drone to capture the devastating effect of a forest fire in Bac Giang province, Vietnam. (Courtesy of Tran Tuan via Weather Photographer of the Year)
Runner-up of Standard Chartered Young Weather Photographer of the Year was awarded to Siyana Lapinsky, 14, for her prestigious work titled "Reflections Over the Pacific Ocean." Taken near her home in Malibu, California, the image reveals the breathtaking beauty of a pink, orange, and yellow sunset. (Courtesy of Siyana Lapinsky via Weather Photographer of the Year)
Runner-up of Standard Chartered Young Weather Photographer of the Year was awarded to Siyana Lapinsky, 14, for her prestigious work titled "Reflections Over the Pacific Ocean." Taken near her home in Malibu, California, the image reveals the breathtaking beauty of a pink, orange, and yellow sunset. (Courtesy of Siyana Lapinsky via Weather Photographer of the Year)
Captured while out on a winter walk in Staffordshire, UK, the delicate beauty of the snowflake helped lift Diane Neves from the depression she was experiencing at the time. "Snowflake Fall" was runner-up for Standard Chartered Smartphone Weather Photographer of the Year. (Courtesy of Diane Neves via Weather Photographer of the Year)
Captured while out on a winter walk in Staffordshire, UK, the delicate beauty of the snowflake helped lift Diane Neves from the depression she was experiencing at the time. "Snowflake Fall" was runner-up for Standard Chartered Smartphone Weather Photographer of the Year. (Courtesy of Diane Neves via Weather Photographer of the Year)
Share your stories with us at [email protected], and continue to get your daily dose of inspiration by signing up for the Inspired newsletter at TheEpochTimes.com/newsletter
Related Topics