2023 AOSS Photo Contest

May 10, 2023 | Eric Verbeten

For the 13th year, the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Photo Contest at the University of Wisconsin-Madison showcases stunning photographs of weather phenomena around the world – 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 “Snow in the Grand Canyon” was submitted by Paul Menzel, research scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies.

“We had booked a room at El Tovar at the southern rim of the Grand Canyon and the weather forecast was for a winter storm with 6 to 8 inch accumulation. Clouds and falling snow obscured the view for our first day, but on the second we were treated to a “calendar day” view of the very Grand Canyon.  Our lifetime experience of driving in Wisconsin winters paid off; we had no trouble getting there and then getting out.”

Take a look at the winning entries, honorable mentions and all of the outstanding 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.