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World Meteorological Organisations (WMO) launches 2021 Calendar Competition (Photo Contest)

The deadline for entry is 15 September 2020.

Results will be announced by 16 October 2020.


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.



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.


As a U.N. agency, they are keen to encourage a good geographical balance which represents all regions. Since it was launched in 2014, the WMO calendar competition has gained in stature and recognition. The United Nations regularly features their 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 they thank everyone who participated. They really look forward to this years’ competition for the 2021 calendar.


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.


How to enter


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.


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


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