Storm photography is one of the most challenging genres of photography. One has to be eminent with readiness, timing, planning and improvising other than the basic photography skills. The commitment is also a must and above all, he or she has to save their life itself in a very challenging and dangerous situation.
Mike Olbinski, a well-known storm photographer created the annual Storm Photos of the Year contest to recognize the hard work of storm photographers and make the public more aware of storm photography. The offcial website says,
“Our purpose in creating Storm Photos of the Year, or what we affectionately call “The Stormys”, is to reward incredible storm photographers around the globe for their hard work every year with a photography contest made specifically for them! From Australia to Italy to Canada to Argentina to the United States and a million other places, storm photographers are capturing astounding images that deserve to be recognized”.
The winners of the 2021 contest are announced this week and they are incredible. Take a look at them below.
Photo of the Year: Alexis Mailliard
Chardonnay, Saône-et-Loire, France
Photo of the Year – 2nd Place: Brett Wright
Photo of the Year – 3nd Place: Enric Bachs
Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Tornado Photo of the Year: Everett Occhipinti
Tornado Photo of the Year – 2nd Place: Isaac Polanski
Tornado Photo of the Year – 3rd Place: William Reid
Apart from the photo of the year awards, there are three photographer of the year awards. Below are the awarded photographers.
Photographer of the Year: Amy Howard
Photographer of the Year – 2rd Place: Tim Baca
Entries for the 2022 contest are also closed now. If you are willing to take part in this interesting contest, you have to wait until 2023. Enjoy the rest of the photographs below and don’t forget to leave your thoughts below.