2024 AMS Weather Band Photo Contest

Capture the Weather, Win Big: Enter the AMS Photo Contest by Aug 30!

You captured an interesting cloud in the right place at exactly the right moment. You waited patiently for lightning to strike. You photographed the perfect wave, the majestic aurora, a raging storm, or rain on spring flowers. Your dedication to capturing the ever-changing marvels of nature should be recognized! Now you can share those moments with our community of weather enthusiasts–and win recognition and cash prizes!

The American Meteorological Society invites you to enter its fourth annual Weather Band Photo Contest, open to all professional and amateur photographers ages 13+. Prizes for the four winners range from $200 to $500, and all winners will receive a free one-year membership to AMS Weather Band, connecting you with a worldwide network of weather enthusiasts. Winners will also have the opportunity to participate in an AMS Weather Band webinar with other winners, where they can share their experiences, tips, and techniques in weather photography. Submit your photos by 30 August!


1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place: $200
Members choice: $500

Complimentary AMS Weather Band Membership to all winners

The winners will have the chance to participate in a webinar with other winners, sharing their weather photography tales, tips, and tactics.

The runners-up of the contest are invited to write an article about the story behind their submitted photograph, which will be featured on our website. These articles will provide readers with an inside look at the background and inspiration behind each picture, including the location, conditions, and subject chosen.


The contest is open to the public, employees of AMS, and AMS members and volunteers. Amateur or professional photographers are welcome. Entrants must be 13 years old or older.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

By submitting photos to the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Weather Band photo contest, participants agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless AMS, its respective subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents, and representatives, from any and all third party liability for any injuries, losses, claims, actions, demands, or damages of any kind arising from or in connection with the photo contest (collectively, “Losses”), including without limitation any third party claim for copyright infringement or a violation of an individual’s right to privacy and/or publicity right. The photo contest is void where prohibited by law.

Although you retain the copyrights of photos submitted to AMS, you are assigning AMS the nonexclusive right to publish or use them, including modification, in current and subsequent print or digital formats for any purpose without compensation, notification, or permission. Attribution will be given whenever possible. You represent that you own all copyrights to your submitted materials.


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