Weather as art (and science): 6th Annual AOSS Photo Contest results

February 15, 2016 | Sarah Witman
Slideshow | 37 slides 6th AOSS Photo Contest

It’s the simple things in nature… a forest of ice crystals on Lake Mendota, a rainbow at Rocky Mountain National Park, a rare moonbow at Lower Yosemite Falls. And yet when caught through the click of a camera, they become works of art.

For the sixth 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 invites weather photographers to submit photos representing a “weather event, anywhere in the world.” This year 37 photos were submitted by 20 individuals. These images take us across the country and around the globe, simultaneously showcasing each scene’s unique artistry and the allure of weather phenomena.

1st Place: Ice crystals forest. Photographer: Ilya Razenkov.
2nd Place: Rainbow. Photographer: Dave Stettner.
3rd Place: Moonbow. Photographer: Paolo Veglio.
Honorable Mention: Oxarafoss waterfall after snow. Photographer: Dan DeSlover.
Honorable Mention: Pressure ridge. Photographer: Ilya Razenkov.