The Stormys: The winners of the 2022 Storm Photographer of the Year
The second annual Storm Photos of the Year competition has announced its winners for 2022.
Affectionately called “The Stormys", the competition is run by seasoned storm/landscape photographer Mike Olbinski.
When we spoke to him last year, he said the competition was created out of a desire to have a photo contest dedicated entirely to the genre of storms, while also building an annual archive of the best images taken every year, from anywhere across the globe.
“I see the images that cross my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter timelines all day," he said.
"Many of them are mind-blowing, and then they disappear down the newsfeed and that’s it. My hope is to recognize your efforts, hard work, epic photos and reward you for that.”
This year’s contest consisted of three categories: Photo of the Year, Tornado Photo of the Year and Photographer of the Year. The first two categories sought to find the most "incredible, single photos taken from the prior year in their respective categories", while the third category recognises "the achievement of putting together an amazing set of 10 images taken in 2021."
The winners for 2022 were Alexis Maillard for Photo of the Year, Everett Occhippinti for Tornado Photo of the Year, and Amy Howard for Photographer of the Year.
Below you can see the winners and runner's up in the Photo of the Year and Tornado Photo of the year categories, as well as a selection of images from Photographer of the Year Amy Howard's winning portfolio.
This year’s images were judged by a panel of five judges all of whom are seasoned storm chasers and photographers, including: Dave DiCello, Linda van Rosmalen, Dennis Oswald, Camille Seaman, Nick Drieschman and Mike Olbinski.
You can see more of the finalist images across the three categories at StormPhotoContest.com.