30 Incredible Photographs from Weather.com’s “It’s Amazing out There Photo Contest”

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Weather is perhaps the only thing that photographers have no control over when taking pictures. Regardless of all the advancements of camera technology – from the most expensive DSLRs to the latest GoPro camera – Mother Nature will always have the advantage.

When faced with bad weather, photographers have two options: retreat until the weather gets better or face the less than desirable weather. The Weather Channel’s annual “It’s Amazing Out There Photo Contest” honors those people who chose to brave the elements of Mother Nature and went on to capture amazing images relating to themes of weather, nature and adventure.

This year’s winners of the 2015 “It’s Amazing Out There Photo Contest” have just been announced. The second annual photo competition received over 40,000 submissions from around the globe. For your enjoyment, we’ve compiled 30 of the winning pictures. Check them out below!

1. Grand Prize Winner, Jet Star by Matt Clark

Grand Prize Winner, Jet Star by Matt Clark


2. Any Port In a Storm by Mason Morris

Any Port In a Storm by Mason Morris


3. Bee by Fred Guttentag

Bee by Fred Guttentag


4. Bug eyes by Gerald Botkin

Bug eyes by Gerald Botkin


5. Casting The Net by Nicole Priest

Casting The Net by Nicole Priest


 

6. Catching a wave by Olivette Felix

Catching a wave by Olivette Felix


7. Coming Storm in Monument Valley by Patrick Healy

Coming Storm in Monument Valley by Patrick Healy


8. Dallas Flash and Boom by Brian Eppink)

Dallas by Flash and Boom by Brian Eppink)


9. Dreaming of Ice on the Bay by Jayne Ryan

Dreaming of Ice on the Bay by Jayne Ryan


10. Eastern Oklahoma Countryside by Marcus Hustedde

Eastern Oklahoma Countryside by Marcus Hustedde


11. Electric Rain by John Skiba

Electric Rain by John Skiba


12. After the Storm by Jason Weingart

Fan Favorite After the Storm by Jason Weingart


13. Fire in the Sky by Wendy Burton

Fire in the Sky by Wendy Burton


14. Folly Beach by Jack Zuniga

Folly Beach by Jack Zuniga


15. Glacier Hikers by Shane Baskin

Glacier Hikers by Shane Baskin


16. Great Egret Display by Sue Jarrett

Great Egret Display by Sue Jarrett


17. King penguin line dance by Rick Beldegreen

King penguin line dance by Rick Beldegreen


18. Maui Surfer by Scott Reynolds

Maui Surfer by Scott Reynolds


19. Misty waters by Bob Cammarata

Misty waters by Bob Cammarata


 

20. Nesting instinct by Rajagopal V Sekhar

Nesting instinct by Rajagopal V Sekhar


21. New York Wave Sunset by Matt Clark

New York Wave Sunset by Matt Clark


22. Pallid Bat Dipping for Water by Dano Grayson

Pallid Bat Dipping for Water by Dano Grayson


23. Ready to Rumble by Joshua Esquivel

Ready to Rumble by Joshua Esquivel


24. Reflections by Jackie Fichardt

Reflections by Jackie Fichardt


25. Rockhopper Penguins Storm the Beach by Rick Beldegreen

Rockhopper Penguins Storm the Beach by Rick Beldegreen


26. Simba Lion by Kelly Leslie

Simba Lion by Kelly Leslie


27. Sunrise Paddle by Scot Mahon

Sunrise Paddle by Scot Mahon


28. Sunset Amazement by Randy Gray

Sunset Amazement by Randy Gray


29. Sunset at Marshall Point Lighthouse by Heather Kennedy

Sunset at Marshall Point Lighthouse by Heather Kennedy


30. The Crossing by Luke Collins

The Crossing by Luke Collins

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