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From stunning sunsets to shocking lightning – shortlist for best weather picture of the year revealed

The shortlist for the Weather Photographer of Year Award has been announced.

The Royal Meteorological Society runs the competition and features stunning photos from all over the globe. This is in an year where many countries have experienced extreme weather, from flooding to record highs.

The shortlist includes 22 photos, five of which are from the UK.

Images were also taken in China, Spain and Sweden, Slovenia, Poland. India, Ethiopia, Canada. Antarctica. Slovakia.

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Here’s the complete list of photos that were shortlisted:

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Myanmar was in turmoil for most of the year. But Aung Chan Thar captured this photo on a cloudy and rainy day at Kyaikto.

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This photo was taken in Slovakia by Tamas Kusza.

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The worst snowfall since decades hit southern Ontario in February 2022.

Zhenhuan Zhou took this photograph of a horse farm.

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Christopher Ison discovered that Storm Eunice would strike Newhaven (East Sussex) at nearly exactly the same high tide as it did in Christopher Ison’s research.

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This beautiful scene was revealed to Vince Campbell by a night stop at Tarbet, Loch Lomond, Scotland.

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Carlos Castillejo Balsera arrived at Barcelona’s darkest hour to witness a huge storm develop over the city.

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Jamie Russell captured the above picture from Bembridge Lifeboat Station on the Isle of Wight.

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Shibasish Saha captured this photo of people collecting waterlilies for sale in West Bengal’s wetlands during the monsoon season.

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Zhenhuan Zhou took this photo of Niagara Falls covered with ice.

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Emili Vilamala Benite waited on the Tavertet cliff in Barcelona, Spain until a Brocken Spectre emerged.

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Brendan Conway captured the image below of people walking along Tankerton’s famous shingle street on a quiet evening.

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Felipe Martin Menzella captured an icy pattern in Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost town, just before dawn through a frosty window.

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Luo Xing captured a photo of lightening strikes above Chongqing in China, during the early hours.

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Laura Hedien, a Kansas resident, captured this image of a supercell with golden Wheat Fields in the foreground in late June 2022.

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Rossi Fang took this photograph of the sun melting the mountain snows of Taiwan on a beautiful mountain.

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Crni Kal in Slovenia experiences a temperature change that places fog under the highway bridge at least twice a year. After waiting for a few hours, Sara Jzazbar captured the image.

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Many people would be forgiven for forgetting the win and heavy rain in the UK at beginning of the year. However, Andrew McCaraen captured the image in Shap in Cumbria in February.

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Extreme heat can lead to rivers and ponds drying up in India, which can leave humans and animals without water.

This moment was captured by Barun Rajgaria in Purulia.

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KrzysztofTollas captured a picturesque sunrise over the Gwda River, Poland.

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Another photo of lightening, this one over Barcelona, Spain.

This image was taken by Enric Navarrete Bacs on a full moon at Sant Pol de Mar.

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Thomas Chitson captured the beautiful sun halo while Nordic skiing at Rothera, Antarctica.

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Harsh rains in Addis Ababa caused flooding on the streets. But Betel Tibeubu stated that “in that misery comes the opportunity to photograph”.

After a panel independent judges has selected the final 22, public voting will be open until September 21st.

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