‘Otherworldly’ blizzard wins Weather Photographer of the Year award for 2020

The profitable picture, taken by Rudolf Sulgan, reveals a crowd of individuals on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York throughout a 2018 blizzard. 

Rudolf Sulgan/Royal Meteorological Society

A “ghostly, otherworldly” picture of snow pummeling a bundled-up crowd on New York’s Brooklyn Bridge helped American photographer Rudolf Sulgan earn the title of Climate Photographer of the 12 months for 2020. Sulgan’s picture rose to the highest of shortlist of 26 pictures and seven,700 submissions. The Royal Meteorological Society, in affiliation with AccuWeather, hosts the annual competitors.

“I made this picture in 2018, throughout a robust blizzard as El Nino’s periodic warming of water typically disrupts regular climate patterns,” Sulgan stated of his profitable {photograph}. “My fundamental concern and inspiration are that my pictures hopefully do a small half in combating local weather change.” 

Contest choose Jesse Ferrell, an AccuWeather meteorologist, praised the picture. 

“I really feel the total affect — the chilliness of the winter air, the snowflakes hitting my face, and the folks having fun with the snow, with older of us remembering earlier snows and kids simply forming reminiscences that can final for years,” Ferrell stated. “It captures that second when snow is falling so onerous that it provides a ghostly, otherworldly essence to your environment.” 

Kolesnik Stephanie Sergeevna from Russia, age 17, gained the Younger Climate Photographer of the 12 months honor for her picture, Frozen Life, depicting a leaf frozen in ice.

Members of the general public voted on their favourite from the 26 finalists. Alexey Trofimov of Siberia took the general public’s favourite picture, which reveals the eerie icy floor of Lake Baikal in that area. The uneven freezing of the lake ends in some ice blocks being pushed up after which sculpted by the wind, melting and refreezing, forming hanging turquoise ice formations.

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Gael Fashingbauer Cooper