Sydney photographer, Les Irwig has taken out the Smartphone Weather Photographer of the Year prize with a shot of a surfer contemplating the heavy clouds of an impending storm.

‘Braving the Storm – Photo © Les Irwig of Sydney, Australia. (Standard Chartered Weather Photographer of the Year 2023 winner – Mobile Phone Category).

According to the organisers, the Royal Meteorological Society and sponsor  Standard Chartered, both based in the UK, this year’s competition saw an increase in entries raising awareness of the impact of climate change on our weather patterns around the world, and the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as floods, droughts and forest fires.

All the winners and finalists can be seen on the Weather Photographer website.

The calendar featuring all the winners and finalists of Standard Chartered Weather Photographer of the Year 2023 is on pre-sale via the RMetS online shop.