2017 AOSS photo contest

Captured moments of weather and atmosphere:

From the most energetic events, to the calm and subtle, these captured moments reveal the complexity underlying our natural world.

Each year, the Atmospheric Oceanic and Space Sciences photo contest encourages scientist-photographers to share their most impressive and inspiring photos from around the world; photos that capture natural events and the weather at its finest and most intense moments.

This year, the seventh year running, was no different. The winning entry, Summer Storm, was submitted by Chris Niendorf, of the Space Science and Engineering Center. Presented below in the slideshow are the top three, the honorable mentions, along with all of the stunning pictures submitted for 2017. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all the participants who made this year’s contest another success.

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    1st place:

    Summer storm Madison, Wisconsin. 21 July 2016. Photographer: Chris Niendorf

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    2nd place:

    Rainbow at Yosemite Yosemite National Park, California. 2008. Photographer: Peidong Wang

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    3rd place:

    The other end of the rainbow, primary bow Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. October 2016. Photographer: Ed Eloranta

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    Honorable mention:

    Fog flows behind Observation Hill as the sun shines on the McMurdo Ice Shelf pressure ridges McMurdo Station and Scott Base, Antarctica. 25 November 2016. Photographer: Dave Mikolajczyk

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    Honorable mention:

    A burning sunset at the computer science building UW-Madison. 2017. Photographer: Peidong Wang

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    The ice-beset M/V Arthur M. Anderson receives assistance from the USCGC Katmai Bay Straits of Mackinac, Michigan. February 2015. Photographer: Collin Tuttle

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    Chunks of ice and mud in the Turnagain Arm fjord East of Anchorage, Alaska. 3 April 2017. Photographer: Dave Santek

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    An orb weaver’s universe Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. October 2017. Photographer: Ed Eloranta

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    Frozen anemometer UW-Madison, SSEC. 25 March 2016. Photographer: Fred Best

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    Color of water: air-sea interface blues Bahamas. 23 March 2017. Photographer: Hank Revercomb

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    Misty mountain hop Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. 16 September 2015. Photographer: Paolo Veglio

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    Yellow River Gansu province, China. 2015. Photographer: Peidong Wang

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    Precipitation visibly reaches the ground as seen from the railroad Northern New Mexico. January 2014. Photographer: Ethan Nelson

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    Cloudy sunset Isle Royale, Michigan. 9 August 2016. Photographer: Sam Batzli

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    Outbound laker on the Essar Steel Channel St Mary’s River, Lake Huron. January 2014. Photographer: Collin Tuttle

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    Frozen Bird Creek with Chugach Mountains in the background East of Anchorage, Alaska. 3 April 2017. Photographer: Dave Santek

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    The other end of the rainbow, secondary bow Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. October 2017. Photographer: Ed Eloranta

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    Bubbling clouds obscure the view of El Capitan El Capitan, southwest Texas. January 2015. Photographer: Ethan Nelson

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    Winter arrives Picnic Point, UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve. 18 December 2016. Photographer: Fred Best

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    Wisconsin River ice castle Wisconsin River. 8 January 2017. Photographer: Hank Revercomb

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    Morning star Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Michigan. 16 October 2016. Photographer: Paolo Veglio

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    Dark clouds and a bright foreground with magnolias and fountain National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. 8 March 2012. Photographer: Sam Batzli

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    The sun sets over Whitefish Bay as plate ice begins to melt Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior. May 2015. Photographer: Collin Tuttle

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    Solar mirage Near I-39 and I-94, east of Madison. 8 April 2017. Photographer: Dave Santek

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    Hoarfrost morning Duck pond at UW-Arboretum. 11 February 2014. Photographer: Fred Best

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    Spectacular clouds Mont Saint Michel, France. 5 August 2015. Photographer: Sam Batzli