NOAA photo contest winners announced

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June 16, 2015

NOAA announced the winners of its Weather in Focus Photo Contest which recognizes photographers who have captured images of weather or the science used to forecast weather, water and climate. Winning images will be showcased in a Gateway to NOAA exhibit located on the NOAA campus in Silver Spring, Md., starting in July.

"From rainbows and sunsets to lightning and tornadoes, the winning photos aren’t just captivating to look at, but inspire us to look at the world in different ways,” said Douglas Hilderbrand, contest judge and Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Lead. “It was difficult to pick winners from so many good entries.”
Selected from more than 2000 photo entries taken between January 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015, the winners in four categories are:

Science in Action
First place: “Green Bank Telescope in WV” by Mike Zorger, Falls Church, Va.
Second place: “Photographer captures the aurora” by Christopher Morse, Fairbanks, Alaska
Third place: “South Pole Atmospheric Research Observatory” by LTJG Joseph Phillips, NOAA, Boulder, Colorado.
Honorable mention: “Collecting data from the atmosphere at sunset at the South Pole” by LTJG Joseph Phillips, NOAA, Boulder, Colorado

Weather, Water & Climate
First place: “Snow Express” by Conrad Stenftenagel, Saint Anthony, Ind.
Second place: “Proton arc over Lake Superior” by Ken William, Clio, Mich.
Third place: “With a Bang” by Bob Larson, Prescott, AZ.
Honorable mention: “Raindrops on a leaf” by Alana Peterson, Maple Lake, Minn.
Honorable mention: “Fire in the Sky over Glacier National Park” by Sashikanth Chintla, North Brunswick, N.J.

In the iMoment
First place: “Great Smoky Mountains” by Elijah Burris, Canton, N.C.
Second place: “Spring Captured: Freezing rain attempts to halt spring” by Mike Shelby, Elkridge, Md.
Third place: “Rolling clouds over Lake Tahoe” by Christopher LeBoa, San Leandro, Calf.

Professional Submissions
First place: “Stars behind the storm” by Brad Goddard, Orion, Ill.
Second place: “A tornado churns up dust in the sunset light near Traer, Iowa” by Brad Goddard, Orion, Ill.
Third place: “A tornado crosses the road behind the town of Reinbeck, Iowa” by Brad Goddard, Orion, Ill.
Honorable mention: “In the Fog” by Robert Raia, Toms River, N.J.

NOAA’s Weather in Focus contest judges include Douglas Hilderbrand, Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador lead, NOAA's National Weather Service; Jason Patlis, president, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation; Jason Samenow, weather editor, The Washington Post; Darlene Shields, vice chair, National Press Club Photography Committee; and Jeffrey Weinrich, chairperson, Washington D.C. Chapter, American Meteorological Society.

The contest was sponsored by NOAA's National Weather Service, NOAA Preserve America Initiative and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

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