2022 AOSS Photo Contest

May 4, 2022 | Eric Verbeten

For the 12th year, the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Photo Contest at the University of Wisconsin-Madison showcases stunning photographs of weather phenomena on Earth – and beyond. University students, scientists, staff and professors share what they see when they peer through the camera’s lens. Each picture tells a story.

This year’s winning entry was submitted by Isaac Schluesche, a student in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. He was in the right place, at the right time, to photograph the formation of a tornado near Greene, Iowa.

“My chase partner and I had been watching the storm strengthen for nearly an hour up to this point after a 3.5-hour-long drive from Madison, so were extremely excited to see the tornado,” he says. “I saw the flowers and sprinted over them to set up the shot, and was thankfully able to grab it before we were forced to move.”

Peruse the winning entries, honorable mentions and all of the photographs submitted this year.

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