The Bureau of Meteorology’s Capture the Weather photo competition gives entrants the chance to feature in the 2018 edition of the iconic Australian Weather Calendar.
This year, judges will be on the hunt for 13 unique images that capture Australian weather in a dramatic, captivating or creative setting. Interesting interpretations of frost, clouds, rainbows or sunshine have been the top picks in previous years.
The competition closes on 31 March 2017, giving amateur and professional photographers one more month to scour the Australian countryside for the perfect cloud formation, rainbow or lightning strike and capture the moment to share with the world.
Winners could have their image displayed in homes across Australia and overseas as part of a weather calendar tradition that has spanned more than 30 years.
CEO and Director of Meteorology Dr Andrew Johnson is looking forward to seeing images submitted for the 2018 calendar, published jointly by the Bureau and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.
“We encourage photographers to send in work showcasing the diversity of Australian landscapes and weather including images that show the interaction of extraordinary weather phenomena with industry, infrastructure or communities.”
Information for photographers wishing to submit their images is at: www.bom.gov.au/calendar/contest
You can view the winning images for 2017 by grabbing one of the final remaining Australian Weather Calendars online at shop.bom.gov.au.
Header Image – About The Photo and Photographer
Photo: Lightning strike near Longreach, Queensland, 22 November 2014
Helen Day says she’s a fan of the Bureau of Meteorology and always checks the rain radar online for heavy rainfall that might have some lightning associated with it. On 22 November 2014, Helen saw a thunderstorm heading towards Longreach, Queensland, and set herself up to watch outside local landmark, the Australian Stockman Hall of Fame.
‘I sat in the dark for two hours on a very hot night waiting for this bolt,’ says Helen. ‘I could hear kangaroos hopping past in the dark but was wondering whether the odd snake may have been slithering past as well. It was hot enough for snakes to be active. When the strike finally did come, it knocked me off my feet—and then the rain came. I think it was all worth it!’
Helen was using a Canon EOS 1DX with an ES 16–35 mm lens.
Lightning occurs when the negative electrical charge in the lower part of a cloud and the positive charge in the upper part become so great that they overcome the resistance of the air and discharge between negative and positive takes place.
Lightning can occur within the cloud, between clouds, or between clouds and the ground. Thunder is the sound produced by the explosive expansion of air, which lightning can heat to 30,000 °C.