Whatever The Weather

The vagaries of our climate can be frustrating, but at the same time they offer some fantastic opportunities for exciting and engaging photography. In this category, any subject goes, as long as it has weather as its dominating theme. This might mean the morning light streaming through autumn mist, someone running for the bus through the pouring rain, people snoozing on a sun-drenched beach, or a mountainscape in the snow. Be creative with how you portray the scene in front of you, perhaps using a long exposure to capture streaking raindrops or a neutral-density graduated filter to emphasise the moodiness of a stormy sky.

Porthcawl
by Jay Birmingham
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Fishing village at night
by Michael Epel
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Hintersee morning
by Kai Hornung
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Just a bit windy
by Tuule Müürsepp
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Hold on tight!
by foxbird
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Whatever The Weather
Part of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2019

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The American Landscape Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of The American Landscape 2019 photo contest

Grand Prize Matt Meisenheimer
Jurassic
The cliffs of the Nā Pali Coast rise over 4,000 feet from the shoreline below. It’s a magnificent thing to see. The mountains of Kauai are some of the most unique out there. They give you the feeling that you’re living in a prehistoric environment that existed millions of years ago. I ran into some phenomenal conditions while hiking around the Kalalau Valley during a recent trip. I scrambled to find a suitable composition and came across this scene. I liked how the lone tree was catching light and I felt the rainbows were spaced perfectly with the tree. It was very windy and wet so the challenge was freezing motion in the vegetation and keeping my lens dry. I shot at a higher ISO to get a faster shutter speed and used a towel to dry my lens. I’d shoot a few frames, dry and cover my lens, take a few frames and repeat. Thankfully, my effort paid off and my resulting images were clean and sharp. This image portrays one of the most incredible events that I have had the opportunity to photograph.
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Second Prize Jemma Lee
Pink Lady Nipple
As each labored step forward resulted in two slippery steps back on the rocky mountainside ascend on this humid August day, I had naively assumed that we had reached our destination on the difficult hour long trek from the Cinder Cone parking lot. I begrudgingly continued the climb for two more hours and was grateful to be rewarded with an extraordinary view on the other side. At the base of the mountain a small cluster of pink mountains appeared in the distance, only to be revealed through my telephoto lens. This breathtaking view reminded me of being upon my mother’s breast when I was a young child. The vivid pinks, reds, purples and blues portrayed in the photograph are from the minerals on the ground below that were created from volcanoes erupted in the past.
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Finalist Craig Bill
Moonquest
Night photography in the scared slot canyons of the Navajo, Upper Antelope Canyon
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Finalist Jason Frye
Eventuality
The trees that line certain sections of the South Carolina coast are haunting yet beautiful, witnessing countless sunrises, sunsets, storms and rainbows…but their time is limited. Enjoy the moment, get out, you never know when an opportunity to photography something is your last chance.
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Finalist MWPhotography2
Glacial Stream -Two Medicine Lake – Glacier National Park
Two medicine lake lies about an hour south of St. Mary, Montana, on the east side of Glacier National Park. This lake one of the prettiest in the park and is not as well traveled as most parts of the park. At certain times of year, when the glacial run off is high, swift streams flow down into the lake. I bushwhacked for a few miles through the pristine evergreen forest to find this magical spot. There was an ample presence of bear scat along the way, prompting me to engage in my usual discussion with the trees and nature around me in order alert wildlife of my presence. I returned a few years later only to find this once vibrant stream had been reduced to a trickle by climate change.
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The American Landscape Photo Contest Winners
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Rain in the City

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best shots showing rain in this city photo contest

Walking in the rain
by Europephotos
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Photo by Stephenpapageorge
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Photo by Chica1024
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Caroline
by PaulHenryStudios
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Photo by Sarathvitala
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more in: “49 Awesome And Rainy Shots From The City”
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Moving Fast

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best shots of subjects moving fast in this photo contest.

Train Arm and Motion
by Lovesphoto
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Red dragon
by carlopierbattista
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Transit
by Hugovalleperez
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Aria’s flight
by UnTill
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Running with the flock
by Nicolekost
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more in: “29+ Jaw-Dropping Captures Of Subjects Moving Fast”
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Urbex

This contest is for your urban exploration photos. Urban exploration (often abbreviated as urbex or EU) consists of exploring artificial structures, often abandoned ruins or poorly visible components of the urban environment. I look forward to seeing your best urbex images.

The Flare
by Franck Bremeault
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Power House 5
by Elizabeth Slezak AFIAP
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Cooler than a school bus…
by Devashish Pradhan
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Train cemetery
by Francesco Serra
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Untitled
by o.lku
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Urbex
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The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

We are delighted to announce the 40 fantastic finalists from the 2019 competition, which has been an absolute treat for the judges with possibly the best entries we have ever had.
The Overall Winner and Category Winners will be announced on …. 13th November 2019.

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The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, ingeniously titled to avoid any confusion, was the result of two factors: Firstly, a need for a photography competition that was light hearted, upbeat, possibly unpretentious and mainly about wildlife doing funny things. 4years on and these objectives seem to have been met. Secondly, and way more importantly, this competition is about conservation.

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Image Quest

A huge milestone in the fifth edition of the Red Bull Illume Image Quest – the first selection of images are revealed as the eight-week countdown to the Winner Award Ceremony commences!

Innovation by Sony semi-finalists are revealed!

Lorenz Holder
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Luke Rasmussen
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Jeremy Bernard
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Frode Sandbech
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Pirmin Henseler
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With exactly eight weeks to go until the category winners and overall winner are announced at the Winner Award Ceremony, we’re excited to be able to announce the first selection of semi-finalists from the Innovation by Sony category! Semi-finalists include the previous edition’s overall winner, Lorenz Holder and it’s great to see some new faces alongside.

Don’t forget to mark November 20, 2019 in your calendar as the Winner Award Ceremony night – it will be the first time ever that you’ll be able to watch it via live streaming.

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Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2019

Red Bull Illume is the world’s greatest adventure and action sports imagery contest. It showcases the most creative and captivating images on the planet, while illuminating the passion, lifestyle and culture behind the photographers that shoot them.

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