8 extraordinary winning images from the Weatherwise photo contest

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Every year the popular weather magazine, Weatherwise, published by Taylor & Francis, hosts a photo contest dedicated to all things weather. Given that it's a big country with all kinds of weather going on, some incredible photos came in from coast to coast.

According to Margaret Benner Smidt, editor of Weatherwise, “the judges were impressed by this year's particularly robust selection of photos – there were many that could have made the grade as winners.”

The panel of judges included Bob Ryan, former president of the American Meteorological Society; Stanley David Gedzelman, a retired professor of meteorology at the City College of New York; and Doyle Rice, Weather Editor at USA Today – and it was no easy task selecting the winners. In the end, Benner Smidt says, they chose the 14 photos that “best exemplify the power, beauty, and excitement of weather. The photos selected balance quality of image with rarity of the phenomenon photographed.”

The glorious Grand Prize went to Fred Wasmer of Gainesville, Florida, for the photo above of a jet flying underneath a bank of mammatus clouds.

We have a selection of the photos with their captions here, you can see the rest of the gorgeous winning images in Volume 69 of Weatherwise.

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