Nicely-known storm photographer Mike Olbinski created the annual Storm Pictures of the 12 months contest as a method to assist the general public acknowledge the dedication of each skilled and beginner storm photographers.
Storm images is commonly thought-about one of the crucial difficult genres to grasp. Not solely does a photographer should be proficient with composition and settings, however storm images requires detailed planning and dedication whereas remaining protected in an extremely harmful setting.
The Storm Photograph of the 12 months Competitors
Over a decade in the past, Olbinski wasn’t a photographer. After seeing a photograph of a surprising lightning bolt on the climate web site Wunderground, Olbinski’s ardour for each storms and images was born instantly. Through the years, Olbinski would pack up the automobile and hit the street each spring, studying the way to comply with climate patterns that may flip into photogenic storms. He quickly started to seize dramatic images of fast-moving tornados, imposing Mammatus clouds, and even 5,000-foot tall haboobs in his dwelling state of Arizona.
Via all of it, Olbinski acknowledged the sacrifices each he and his fellow storm-chasing photographers had been making.
“I do know numerous photographers on the market who like to take images of storms like me. When the spring storm season comes, we spend weeks away from dwelling and our households, sleeping in our vehicles surrounded by fast-food wrappers. However when the time comes, nothing can cease us from blasting down a street in the direction of a supercell, a twister, or an enormous downburst. We might be on no sleep, no meals, and perhaps have solely a gallon of fuel left in our automobile, however we’ll chase nonetheless. All of us share that drive,” he says.
“The motivation for making the ‘Storm Pictures of the 12 months’ contest is to reward those that work so onerous yearly. I see my images colleague’s storm photos cross my Fb, Instagram, and Twitter feeds all day,” Olbinski continues.
“Lots of them are mind-blowing, after which they disappear down the newsfeed and that’s it. All of the work these unimaginable artists put in, and the photographs often by no means get seen by a wider viewers than their buddies and households. My hope is to acknowledge the efforts, onerous work, and awe-inspiring images of the storm images group.”
This week, Olbinski and his group of judges introduced the winners of the 2021 Storm Pictures of the 12 months contest and, as anticipated, they’re an unimaginable show of expertise, onerous work, and willpower.
Chardonnay, Saône-et-Loire, France
Photograph of the 12 months – 2nd Place: Brett Wright
Photograph of the 12 months – 3nd Place: Enric Bachs
Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Twister Photograph of the 12 months – 2nd Place: Isaac Polanski
Twister Photograph of the 12 months – third Place: William Reid
Photographer of the 12 months: Amy Howard
Photographer of the 12 months – 2rd Place: Tim Baca
Photographer of the 12 months – third Place: Brett Wright