Midhurst man shortlisted for Weather Photographer of the Year

A PHOTOGRAPHER’S dramatic image, captured during a violent storm, has earned him a place in the finals of a photography competition.

Midhurst’s Christopher Ison made this year’s shortlist for the Royal Meteorological Society’s Weather Photographer of the Year for his image of a Newhaven lighthouse battered by waves during Storm Eunice in February 2022.

When Mr Ison saw Storm Eunice coming he was determined to record the event despite a rare red weather warning.

“When the storm was forecast and that it was carrying the first red warning for the south coast, I knew I had to find a place to take it — this was going to be big,” he said.

“I checked the time it was supposed to strike and the high tide and found that it would hit Newhaven almost exactly at high tide.

“I got there quite early and found many photographers already soaked from rain and seawater standing very close to the harbor wall.

“I decided to go up a hill and a bit further away with my back to the weather. I was rewarded with a series of images that I am very proud of.”

The Argus: Christopher Ison's Storm EuniceChristopher Ison’s Storm Eunice

The 50-year-old competes against entries from around the world with images depicting dramatic storms, frozen and frosty vistas, spectacular sunsets, the effects of climate change and strange weather phenomena.

persons can vote for their favorite picture from today until midnight on September 21st.

And the winners of the competition, held in partnership with meteorologists AccuWeather, will be announced on October 6th.

The Argus: Thomas Chitson - Solar Halo appears over Adelaide Island, AntarcticaThomas Chitson – Solar Halo appears over Adelaide Island, Antarctica

Professor Liz Bentley, Chief Executive of the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS), said: “It is a great privilege to be a member of the Weather Photographer of the Year jury and I am delighted that every year we attract new judges with fresh perspectives on the photos , which we receive.

“But I’m always amazed by something new, something I’ve never seen before, or a new angle that reignites my passion for discussing the weather.

The Argus: Enric Navarrete Bach's - Dreaming of LightningEnric Navarrete Bach’s – Dreaming of Lightning

“The competition has grown over the past seven years, allowing us to create a platform to tell more stories of the majesty and awe of the world weather and witness scenes of the effects of climate change, which can help drive action. ”

The Argus: Vince Campbell - Scotch MistVince Campbell – Scottish Fog

Elliot Abrams, AccuWeather Jury Member and retired Chief Meteorologist, said: “The Royal Meteorological Society’s annual Weather Photographer of the Year competition always attracts the best and most creative amateur weather photographers and this year was no exception.

The Argus: Jamie Russell - Departure storm over Bembridge Lifeboat StationJamie Russell – Departure Storm over Bembridge Lifeboat Station

“Together, the participants demonstrated their keen eye and passion for the weather, giving us greater insight into this most fascinating, moving and ever-changing phenomenon. Congratulations to the shortlisted winners and to everyone who celebrated the great weather simply by taking part.”

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