Slideshow: Winners of the 2021 Storm Photo/Photographer of the Year

Winners of the 2021 Storm Photo/Photographer of the Year

The winning images and photographers of the inaugural Storm Photos of the Year competition have been announced, revealing a collection of awe-inspiring shots of Mother Nature on display.

The Storm Photos of the Year competition was launched in February 2021 by Emmy award-winning photographer and filmmaker Mike Olbinski when he teamed up with storm chaser and Nikon ambassador Mike Mezeul. Together, the pair added YouTuber and landscape photographer Nick Page, as well as photographer and filmmaker Linda Van Rosmalen as judges.

There were two categories to the contest: Photo of the Year and Photographer of the Year. ‘The first [award] sought to find the most incredible, single photo taken from the prior year’ while the ‘second award looked to recognize the achievement of putting together an amazing set of 8–10 images all taken on different days in 2020.

In the creators’ own words, ‘the idea with Storm Photos of the Year was to skip the conception of public voting and popularity contests, and instead have the artists know that their image was judged by photographers who know storms and understand what it takes to get theses photos.’ Below is the live awards show the creators streamed on YouTube late last month:

First place took home $750 in cash, a Davis Instrument VantageVue Weather Bundle, an Air Quality Sensor, a 20″ x 30″ print of their winning image and a Lightning Trigger IV from Stepping Stone Products. Second place each won $200 and third place took home $100, each.

In total, almost 650 images were submitted from eight countries. The judges also shared video critiques of select submissions ‘to help educate and discuss ways to improve your photography.’

The second annual Storm Photos of the Year contest will ‘return in early 2022,’ according to its creators, which will require images to be captured from throughout 2021. You can visit StormPhotoContest.com to find out more information and to subscribe to the contest’s newsletter for upcoming happenings.

The following gallery will showcase the top three Photo of the Year winners (in order from first to third), followed by three images for each of the Photographer of the Year winners (in order from first to third). You can see a full gallery of the winning and finalist images on the Storm Photo Contest website.

Photo of the Year (1st Place)

Photographer: Scott Peake

Day/Location: July 8th, 2020 near Ashby, Minnesota

About the image: ‘An incredible scene of a long road with a rainbow over it and a tornado at the end of the rainbow. You can make out the damage path of the tornado from right to left.’

Photo of the Year (2nd Place)

Photographer: Michael Morgan

Day/Location: January 21st, 2020 – Maleny, Qld, Australia

About the image: ‘A stunning composition with a long tree, a grazing cow and a lightning bolt in the distance.’

Photo of the Year (3rd Place)

Photographer: Danijel Palčić

Day/Location: August 24th, 2020 – Island of Pag, Croatia

About the image: ‘Unbelievably gorgeous colors with this powerful downburst of rain andintense lightning bolts.’

Photographer of the Year (1st Place)

Photographer: Tim Baca

Day/Location: May 16, Cuervo, NM.

Photographer of the Year (1st Place)

Photographer: Tim Baca

Day/Location: June 23, Taiban, NM.

Photographer of the Year (1st Place)

Photographer: Tim Baca

Day/Location: May 21, Sublette, KS.

Photographer of the Year (2nd Place)

Photographer: Nenah Dumunster

Day/Location: May 16, Cuervo, NM.

Photographer of the Year (2nd Place)

Photographer: Nenah Dumunster

Day/Location: 6-20-20 Clayton, NM

Photographer of the Year (2nd Place)

Photographer: Nenah Dumunster

Day/Location: 5-21-20 Sublette, KS

Photographer of the Year (3rd Place)

Photographer: Amy Howard

Day/Location: 7.15.20 Logan NM

Photographer of the Year (3rd Place)

Photographer: Amy Howard

Day/Location: 5.13.20 Elk City OK

Photographer of the Year (3rd Place)

Photographer: Amy Howard

Day/Location: 7.14.20 Sugar City CO

Winners of the 2021 Storm Photo/Photographer of the Year

The winning images and photographers of the inaugural Storm Photos of the Year competition have been announced, revealing a collection of awe-inspiring shots of Mother Nature on display.
The Storm Photos of the Year competition was launched in February 2021 by Emmy award-winning photographer and filmmaker Mike Olbinski when he teamed up with storm chaser and Nikon ambassador Mike Mezeul. Together, the pair added YouTuber and landscape photographer Nick Page, as well as photographer and filmmaker Linda Van Rosmalen as judges.
There were two categories to the contest: Photo of the Year and Photographer of the Year. ‘The first [award] sought to find the most incredible, single photo taken from the prior year’ while the ‘second award looked to recognize the achievement of putting together an amazing set of 8–10 images all taken on different days in 2020.
In the creators’ own words, ‘the idea with Storm Photos of the Year was to skip the conception of public voting and popularity contests, and instead have the artists know that their image was judged by photographers who know storms and understand what it takes to get theses photos.’ Below is the live awards show the creators streamed on YouTube late last month:

First place took home $750 in cash, a Davis Instrument VantageVue Weather Bundle, an Air Quality Sensor, a 20″ x 30″ print of their winning image and a Lightning Trigger IV from Stepping Stone Products. Second place each won $200 and third place took home $100, each.
In total, almost 650 images were submitted from eight countries. The judges also shared video critiques of select submissions ‘to help educate and discuss ways to improve your photography.’
The second annual Storm Photos of the Year contest will ‘return in early 2022,’ according to its creators, which will require images to be captured from throughout 2021. You can visit StormPhotoContest.com to find out more information and to subscribe to the contest’s newsletter for upcoming happenings.
The following gallery will showcase the top three Photo of the Year winners (in order from first to third), followed by three images for each of the Photographer of the Year winners (in order from first to third). You can see a full gallery of the winning and finalist images on the Storm Photo Contest website.
Photo of the Year (1st Place)

Photographer: Scott Peake
Day/Location: July 8th, 2020 near Ashby, Minnesota
About the image: ‘An incredible scene of a long road with a rainbow over it and a tornado at the end of the rainbow. You can make out the damage path of the tornado from right to left.’
Photo of the Year (2nd Place)

Photographer: Michael Morgan
Day/Location: January 21st, 2020 – Maleny, Qld, Australia
About the image: ‘A stunning composition with a long tree, a grazing cow and a lightning bolt in the distance.’

Photo of the Year (3rd Place)

Photographer: Danijel Palčić
Day/Location: August 24th, 2020 – Island of Pag, Croatia
About the image: ‘Unbelievably gorgeous colors with this powerful downburst of rain andintense lightning bolts.’
Photographer of the Year (1st Place)

Photographer: Tim Baca
Day/Location: May 16, Cuervo, NM.
Photographer of the Year (1st Place)

Photographer: Tim Baca
Day/Location: June 23, Taiban, NM.
Photographer of the Year (1st Place)

Photographer: Tim Baca
Day/Location: May 21, Sublette, KS.
Photographer of the Year (2nd Place)

Photographer: Nenah Dumunster
Day/Location: May 16, Cuervo, NM.
Photographer of the Year (2nd Place)

Photographer: Nenah Dumunster
Day/Location: 6-20-20 Clayton, NM
Photographer of the Year (2nd Place)

Photographer: Nenah Dumunster
Day/Location: 5-21-20 Sublette, KS
Photographer of the Year (3rd Place)

Photographer: Amy Howard
Day/Location: 7.15.20 Logan NM
Photographer of the Year (3rd Place)

Photographer: Amy Howard
Day/Location: 5.13.20 Elk City OK
Photographer of the Year (3rd Place)

Photographer: Amy Howard
Day/Location: 7.14.20 Sugar City CORead MoreArticles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

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