2020 World Meteorological Day (WMO) Photo Competition

COVID-19 pandemic is causing unprecedented upheaval and changing our lives forever. But it also provides an opportunity to reflect on how we can do more to protect the environment and the planet and to grow back better after the economic downturn.

Many people have commented that they were more aware and appreciative of the beauty of our natural surroundings during the lockdown.

We are therefore really looking forward to high-quality and artistic photographs, and especially those which illustrate the theme of World Meteorological Day 2021, “The Ocean, our climate and weather.”

The Ocean covers 70% of the Earth’s surface and provides resources on which we depend. It is a major driver of the world’s weather and climate and stores more than 90% of excess heat generated by human activities.  

It provides endless fascination and inspiration for photographs which demonstrate its amazing beauty and  power and fragility. So we hope you will send us lots of images of the Ocean itself, as well as its effect on our climate and weather and water cycle. The opportunities are endless.

As a U.N. agency, we are keen to encourage a good geographical balance which represents all regions.

Winning entries will feature in the WMO 2021 online calendar. They will be showcased on the WMO website and social media platforms and feature prominently in our World Meteorological Day 2021 celebrations. We will also promote them among other U.N. agencies and showcase them during the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development to be held from 2021-2030

As always, there will be lots of recognition but no financial reward!

Since it was launched in 2014, the WMO calendar competition has gained in stature and recognition. The United Nations regularly features our photos. Some National Meteorological and Hydrological Services also run their own photo contests and feed these entries to WMO.

WMO received many outstanding entries for the 2020 calendar and we thank everyone who participated.

We really look forward to this years’ competition for the 2021 calendar.

  • Take a striking photo which is related to the Ocean, the weather and climate and meets our submission guidelines.

  • Photographers may submit multiple entries, but only one photo can be included in the final calendar.

  • If you share your photos on your own social media profiles, use the #WMOphoto hashtag.

  • Fill out the mandatory online ENTRY FORM and attach your photo and submit via a dedicated page on the WMO website. This is obligatory. Don’t forget a short explanatory caption and location for your image! Please provide your social media handles.


  • All photos must be a minimum size of 4000×3000 pixels.
  • All photos must be submitted in JPEG or TIFF format (with little compression to preserve image quality.
  • All photos must be in landscape (horizontal) format.
  • Black and white photographs as well as coloured photographs will be accepted.
  • All photos must be clearly captioned, including a title, a location and the date of the photograph.
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Judging Criteria

Entries will be narrowed down to a shortlist by a WMO panel of experts in meteorology and oceanography as well as experienced professional photographers. Entries will be judged on: 

  • Technical quality, clarity, and composition
  • Visual impact
  • Novelty and flair for the unexpected

WMO will make an initial selection of about 50 photographs, based on technical and artistic merit. We will then publish shortlisted photos on Facebook and Instagram, allowing our followers to vote for their favourites. The competition will also be promoted via Twitter and via other U.N. social media accounts.

The WMO jury will have the final say on the 13 photos for inclusion in the calendar (one for the cover and one for each month), based on the social media votes but also taking into account geographical balance.

All shortlisted photographs will be showcased on WMO web and social media channels. It is therefore important that you include your own social media handles so that we can credit you appropriately.


The deadline for entry is 15 September 2020. Results will be announced by 16 October 2020.

No cash prize will be offered to winners of the photo contest.

Good Luck!

Terms & Conditions

  • Entrants must also complete our designated Entry Form, with all fields accurately completed in full.
  • An individual entrant may submit up to three separate entries in total. Subsequent entries will not be deemed valid.
  • The Contest period closes 15 September 2020.
  • Results will be announced by 16 October 2020. The decision is final and binding.
  • The Contest is open to all individuals and groups, regardless of age or location.  Employees of the WMO Secretariat are prohibited from Contest entry.
  • Entrants under 18 years of age may participate with the permission of their parents or legal guardians. If the photo of an entrant under 18 years of age is chosen, and written parental or guardian permission cannot be provided, the WMO has the right to reject the entry.
  • Entrants are required to obtain permission from all persons appearing on photo. If an entrant is chosen winner, and such written permission cannot be provided, the WMO has the right to reject the entry.
  • Use of copyrighted materials, is prohibited unless the entrant has written permission to use such materials. If written permission cannot be provided, the WMO has the right to reject the entry. 
  • Entrants of all photos selected as winner will be notified via e‐mail. If no response is provided within seven days of notification, the winner shall forfeit any and all claims, and will be disqualified.
  • The entrant retains the rights to his/her photographs; however, by entering the photo contest, he/she grants WMO a non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries and texts, in whole or in part, in any media now existing (such as publications, websites, and social media) or subsequently developed, for any educational, promotional, publicity, exhibition, archival, scholarly and all other standard purposes of WMO. Due credit will be given to the entrant each time his/her photo is used, wherever feasible. Photos and text will not be used for commercial purposes. 
  • Photos that have been awarded or given honourable mentions in any photo contest, either online or in print, and photos that have already been used in print or online publications (including but not limited to posters, online and print media, publicity materials, books, and articles) are not eligible. However, you may submit photos that you have already used in your personal or social spaces such as blogs, Facebook and Flickr. 
  • Minimal cropping is permitted. Minor adjustments, including dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast and slight color adjustments, are acceptable as long as the integrity of the original photo is maintained.
  • The WMO will not be responsible or liable for: a) any problem, loss or damage due to delay and/or failure in receiving and sending the entry as a result of any network, communication or system interruption or error, b) any error, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, site failure or unauthorised access to entries, as a result of use of the designated YouTube channel and/or website, c) any problem, damage or loss of whatever nature to any entrant, or their authorised representatives, resulting from their participation in the Contest.
  • The WMO reserves the right to cancel, modify, suspend or delay the Contest in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond its reasonable control. The WMO reserves the right to change, amend, delete or add to these Contest terms and conditions without prior notice at any time, and the entrants shall be bound to such changes.
  • All decisions are final.

Deadline: 15 September 2020

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