World Meteorological Organization Photo Competition

Children Run from Sand Storm in Gao, MaliWMO is holding a photo competition on the 2016 World Meteorological Day theme: “Hotter, drier, wetter. Face the Future.” The theme has been chosen to illustrate the reality of climate change. As a result of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, land and sea surface temperatures are rising. The frequency and intensity of extreme events like heatwaves and heavy rainfall is increasing.
Without urgent action to cut carbon dioxide emissions, this trend will accelerate.

Winning entries will feature in the 2016 WMO calendar, showcase on the WMO website and Flickr gallery, and feature on the WMO Facebook Timeline.

Young people are especially encouraged to submit photographs, but there is no age limitation. We are keen to encourage a good geographical balance of photos.

Check out some of last year’s winning photographs.

Photographer: Daniel Pavlinovic

Photographer: Guilherme Touchtenhagen Schild

Photographer: Daniel Pavlinovic


  1. Take a striking photo that meets our submission guidelines and captures weather extremes like heat, drought, heavy rain, snow and flood. It can also depict how we can prepare for future climate. Let your imagination run wild!
  2. Read our Terms and Conditions.
  3. Fill out the mandatory online ENTRY FORM and attach your photo. Don’t forget a short explanatory caption and location for your image!
  4. Want to e-mail your entry instead? No problem! Fill out the mandatory Entry Form with your photo attached and e-mail it to


  • All photos must be a minimum size of 10cms to 15cms and in high resolution (minimum 300 DPI).
  • All photos must be submitted in JPEG or TIFF format (with little compression to preserve image quality.
  • Black and white photographs as well as coloured photographs will be accepted.

N.B. WMO will require a higher-resolution for shortlisted photographs of at least A3 (42 x 30 cm or 30 x 16.5 inches) at 300 dpi, minimum size of 9000 x 5000 in pixels.


Entries will narrowed down to a shortlist by a WMO panel of experts in meteorology and climate science as well as experienced professional photographers. Entries will be judged on:

  • Technical quality, clarity, and composition; visual impact.
  • Overall effectiveness in conveying a compelling/interesting story through the photo on how we use climate knowledge for action on climate change and adaptation, and sustainable development. Therefore, the choice of subject and how you choose to describe it in the entry submission form, including captioning, are very important.
  • Novelty, flair for the unexpected, and imagination.

WMO will publish shortlisted photos on Facebook, allowing Facebook fans to vote for their favourite photos. Voting on photographs will be restricted to once daily per IP address. The WMO jury will have the final say on the 13 photos for inclusion in the calendar, taking into account geographical balance. Other shortlisted photographs will be featured on WMO Flickr channel and at World Meteorological Day 2015 celebrations.


The deadline for entry is 29 June 2015. Results will be announced before 15 September 2015.

No cash prize will be offered to winners of the photo contest.