Fourth Annual AOSS Photo Contest: Announcing the Winners

February 26, 2014 |

by Leanne Avila

Steam fog rising from a Montana lake, methane bubbling up in Lake Mendota only to be trapped in ice to form “pancakes,” a rare glimpse of an aurora borealis from our iconic rooftop… For the fourth year in a row, staff and students in the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences (AOSS) building have sought to capture the beauty and natural forces of weather for the AOSS Photo Contest.

Administered by the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC), the contest invited weather photographers to submit photos representing a “weather event, anywhere in the world.” This year 18 individuals submitted 32 photos. While many of the images focused on winter weather in Wisconsin, they take us across the country and even around the globe, simultaneously showcasing each scene’s unique artistry and the allure of weather phenomena.

The winners of the contest are:

  • 1st place: Bill Bellon for Steam Fog over Fort Peck Lake in NE Montana
  • 2nd place: Hank Revercomb for Lake Mendota Methane Pancakes
  • 3rd place: Dave Jones for A Near Miss
  • Honorable mentions:
    • Dave Stettner for Smoke and Lenticular Clouds over Denali
    • John Lalande for SSEC Direct Broadcast Antenna and Aurora Borealis

Photos will be on display in the gallery outside the Schwertdtfeger Library, located on the 3rd floor of AOSS, throughout the year.

Slideshow | 32 slides Fourth Annual AOSS Photo Contest