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Title: Iridescent Clouds, Location/Date: Oslo, Norway - January 2008, Photographer: Vessi Øgaard

10.08.2016 – The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a specialised agency of the United Nations, is holding a photo competition for its 2017 calendar. The theme is “Understanding Clouds” – which is also the theme of World Meteorological Day on 23 March 2017.

Having received 450 entries and reduced the photos to 50 finalists, they are now opening the judging to the public via social media.

WMO is dedicated to international cooperation and coordination on the state and behaviour of the Earth’s atmosphere, its interaction with the land and oceans, the weather and climate it produces, and the resulting distribution of water resources.

Title: Millmerran Storm, Location: Southeast Queensland, Australia - November 2015, Photographer: Belinda McMahon

National Meteorological and Hydrological Services work around the clock to provide vital weather and climate information worldwide. Their early and reliable warnings of severe weather and fluctuations in air quality as well as of climate variability and change allow decision-makers, communities and individuals to be better prepared for weather and climate events.

Their warnings help save life and property, protect resources and the environment and support socio-economic growth. WMO supports National Meteorological and Hydrological Services with this work and in meeting their international commitments in the areas of disaster risk reduction, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable development. 

Title: Running Above the Clouds, Location: Kamnik Savinja Alps, Slovenia, Photographer: Zoran Stanko

“Understanding Clouds” celebrates the new International Cloud Atlas, which has its roots in the 19th century and was last updated in 1987. WMO is now undertaking a major revision of the Atlas. The aim is to produce a user-friendly, digital-based product which is an authoritative, comprehensive and up to date source of reference for both meteorologists and cloud enthusiasts around the world. It will also include new types of cloud.

Title: Thunder over Zadar, Location: Jois, Austria, Photographer: Luka Filipi

Winning entries will feature in the 2017 WMO calendar, showcase on the WMO website, Flickr gallery, Instagram page and be displayed on the WMO Facebook Timeline. 

WMO received many outstanding entries for the 2016 calendar “Hotter, Drier Wetter. Face the Future.” 

Title: Storm Before the Football Match, Location/Date: Osijek, Croatia - May 2010, Photographer: Damir Alter Matijevic

Help WMO choose the 13 calendar winners simply by clicking on your favourites before Saturday 20 August. A WMO jury will then be responsible for the final selection, taking geographical balance into consideration.

Entries that do not make the calendar will be included in their social media channels and at a World Meteorological Day photo exhibition at WMO headquarters.

Take a look at the 50 finalists here and get clicking! Best of luck to all of the finalists.

Title: Pink Lake, Location/Date: Melbourne, Australia, Photographer: Shyamalee Subramanyam


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