From fog-filled skies over a Slovenian motorway to a snapshot of Storm Eunice in the UK, this year’s shortlist for Weather Photographer of the Year has been announced.
The competition, organized by the Royal Meteorological Society, features a selection of stunning photographs from around the world – in a year when several countries experienced extreme weather events, ranging from record high temperatures to flooding.
A total of 22 photos are on the shortlist, including five from the UK.
Other images were taken in China, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia, Poland, India, Ethiopia, Canada, Antarctica, Slovakia and Myanmar.
Here is the full list of shortlisted photos:
For most of the year, Myanmar has been in the midst of a military coup, but Aung Chan Thar captured this image on a cloudy, rainy day in Kyaikto.
This photo was taken by Tamas Kusza in Slovakia.
In early February 2022, southern Ontario was hit with the worst snowfall in decades.
Zhenhuan Zhou took this photo from a horse farm.
Christopher Ison discovered that Storm Eunice would hit Newhaven, East Sussex, almost exactly at high tide.
An overnight stop at Tarbet, Loch Lomond in Scotland, and a morning hike with the dogs Oscar and Ollie to Cruach Tairbert revealed this beautiful misty scene to Vince Campbell.
Carlos Castillejo Balsera arrived in the dark early in the morning to see a big storm forming over Barcelona.
Jamie Russell captured this image above Bembridge Lifeboat Station on the Isle of Wight.
During the monsoon season in the wetlands of West Bengal, Shibasish Saha captured this image of people collecting water lilies to sell in the local market.
Zhenhuan Zhou captured this photo showing parts of Niagara Falls covered in ice.
On the cliff of Tavertet in Barcelona, Spain, Emili Vilamala Benito waited for a specter of Brocken to appear.
On a quiet evening in Tankerton, Kent, Brendan Conway captured this image of people walking along the famous cobbled street.
In Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost town, Felipe Martin Menzella captured an icy pattern appearing just before dawn on a frosty window.
Luo Xing snapped a photo of lightning over Chongqing, China in the early hours of the night.
At the end of June 2022, Laura Hedien was in Kansas and captured this photo of a supercell with fields of golden wheat in the foreground.
On a beautiful mountain in Taiwan, Rossi Fang captured this shot of the sun melting away the frozen mountain world from the night before.
Two or three times a year, Crni Kal, a small town in Slovenia, experiences a temperature inversion that places fog under the highway bridge. Sara Jzazbar captured this image after waiting a few hours.
Many would be forgiven for forgetting the heavy rain spell and winning in the UK at the start of the year, but Andrew McCaraen captured this image in February in Shap, Cumbria.
Periods of extreme heat in India can cause rivers and ponds to completely dry up, leaving humans and animals struggling to find water.
Barun Rajgaria captured this moment in Purulia.
Krzysztof Tollas captured a frosty and picturesque sunrise over the Gwda River in Poland.
Another lightning shot, this time over Barcelona, Spain.
Enric Navarrete Bachs took this image on a full moon night in Sant Pol de Mar.
While Nordic skiing from the Rothera research station in Antarctica, Thomas Chitson captured this magnificent solar halo.
Heavy rain in Addis Ababa flooded the streets, but Betel Tibeubu said “within this misfortune comes the opportunity for photography”.
The public vote is open until September 21, after a panel of independent judges selects the final 22.