The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announces the commencement of its 2024 calendar photography competition, a yearly highlight event that features captivating images capturing the beauty, power, and significance of weather, climate, and water. This year, the competition’s theme aligns with World Meteorological Day 2024’s focus, “At the frontline of climate action”.
The WMO is seeking high-quality, poignant photographs that depict individuals and communities taking climate action and underscore the necessity of WMO’s work in protecting people from natural forces. Additionally, images portraying the urgency to shield our planet from the impacts of human activities are also welcomed.
Winning entries will be featured in the WMO 2024 Calendar, on the WMO website and social media platforms, and notably, during World Meteorological Day 2024 celebrations. They will also be promoted among other UN agencies. There will be lots of recognition but no financial reward!
Following an initial selection process based on technical and artistic merit, shortlisted photographs will be published on Facebook and Instagram, where followers can vote for their favourites. The competition will also be publicized via Twitter, LinkedIn, and other UN social media accounts.
The WMO panel, consisting of experts in meteorology, hydrology, and professional photographers, will shortlist entries based on technical quality, clarity, composition, visual impact, novelty, and the image’s ability to demonstrate the importance of climate action for people. About 50 photographs will be shortlisted, followed by a public vote on social media. The final 13 photographs to be included in the calendar will be decided by the WMO jury (one for the cover and one for each month), with consideration given to social media votes and geographical balance.
Photographers are invited to submit multiple entries via an online entry form on the WMO website, but only one photograph can be included in the final calendar. Don’t forget to use the #WMOphoto hashtag if you share your photos on your social media profiles!