10th annual AOSS Photo Contest

May 6, 2020 | Eric Verbeten

For the 10th year, the 2020 Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences (AOSS) Photo Contest showcases the passions of weather photographers – university students, scientists, staff and professors — as they seek to understand and capture our natural world through the camera’s lens. Their pictures offer glimpses into the intricacies, and mysteries, of our atmosphere.

This year’s winning entry, Auroras over northern Minnesota, was submitted by Isaac Schluesche, a student in the UW-Madison Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Schluesche shot this image while hiking with his father near Schroeder, Minnesota.

“I knew that solar conditions could be favorable for an aurora event, so once we arrived, we drove an hour or so into the woods, found a lake that had a good northern view, and waited,” he says. “By 3:00 a.m. we were treated to the spectacle pictured!”

Presented in this year’s slideshow are the top three photos, the honorable mentions along with all of the stunning images submitted for 2020. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all of the participants.

The Space Science and Engineering Center is proud to host the annual photo contest and support weather enthusiasts near and far.