Photo competition—2016 Australian Weather Calendar

Photo Competetion - 2015 Australian Weather Calendar

Submit your vision of Australia’s diverse weather to the 2016 Weather Calendar photo competition, and your photograph could become a winning entrant in Australia’s iconic and best-selling weather calendar. If your photo is selected as one of the lucky 13, it will be viewed in around 70 000 homes and offices in Australia and across the world.

We welcome all photographs depicting the drama and beauty of Australian weather. The judges will be on the lookout for photos that capture weather events or landscapes in a particularly unique, spectacular or visually appealing way. Photos that showcase the rich diversity of Australian weather can range from depictions of the intricate patterns of frost on a leaf to a spectacular lightning shot.

You can submit as many photos as you wish and there is no restriction on the date they were taken.

Winners will receive three complimentary calendars and retain all rights associated with the photograph.

The competition is now open and closes at 5.00pm AEDT 31 March 2015.
Winners will be notified within three months.

Send your entry form and photo/s to:

Australian Weather Calendar Competition
Bureau of Meteorology
GPO Box 1289

Please ensure all prints are accompanied by a completed entry form.

For more information please contact:
Calendar Competition Officer on (03) 9669 4564


  1. As the winning photos will be reproduced at A3 size, they will need to be of high quality. It is therefore important to submit a high-quality print of your photo as it is this print that will be assessed by the judging panel. The print will be returned to you after judging.
  2. In order for the calendar to capture the many faces of Australian weather, the judges will be looking for a wide-range of weather phenomena from all States and Territories. We will consider both landscape and portrait format photographs.
  3. The photo should depict authentic Australian weather events and landscapes without the aid of enhancements and manipulation (including use of filters and digital software enhancements). Please see point 8 below for details on ‘what constitutes unacceptable enhancement’.
  4. Don’t forget to attach an entry form to your photo. Without the form your photo won’t be considered in the competition.
  5. The competition is not restricted to professional photographers, so anyone can enter, including employees of the Bureau of Meteorology.
  6. Images that might be considered distressing, such as photos of natural disasters or sacred sites, will not be accepted.
  7. Black and white images will not be considered in this competition.
  8. Our readers want to see photographs of ‘real Australian weather’ so digitally-manipulated images will not be accepted. Judges carefully assess every photo for authenticity, and will disqualify those in which digital alteration is detected. In the case of winning photos, we will ask for the RAW files, if available, to be submitted for review. Combining, adding or removing elements in an image will disqualify your photo. When your aim is to adjust the tonal range of an image so it resembles more closely what you saw, judicious use of dodging and burning is acceptable. You may also make minor adjustments such as cropping, adjustments to brightness, contrast, sharpening and colour balance.
    : Any changes to the original photograph not itemised on the entry form will potentially render the photograph ineligible.
  9. The photograph must not be used concurrently in any other publication.

Terms and conditions

  1. Entrants must hold copyright of the photo/s they submit. The Bureau may request support evidence to ensure this is the case.
  2. The copyright owner of a winning entry will permit the image to be reproduced in the following publications without charge and with acknowledgement of the photographer:
    1. The Australian Weather Calendar and accompanying calendar promotional literature including Electronic Direct Marketing (EDM) campaigns.
    2. Any form of media coverage relating to the Australian Weather Calendar (domestic and international; electronic, print, radio and TV).
    3. The Australian Weather Calendar website, and associated Facebook ® pages and similar social media networks promoting the calendar.
    4. Bureau of Meteorology in-house material promoting the calendar.
  3. The Bureau of Meteorology does not accept any liability for lost, delayed or incomplete entries.
  4. Judging will be completed by appropriately qualified Bureau of Meteorology staff and relevant industry experts. Images will be judged on quality, weather phenomena, creativity, aesthetics and theme fit. The deliberations of the judging panel remain confidential.
  5. All recommendations and decisions taken are binding and final and no correspondence will be entered into on such matters. Judges reserve the right not to select a photo in any particular year.
  6. The Bureau of Meteorology reserves the right to use any winning images submitted to the competition for future calendar promotional activities, without reimbursement.
  7. Photographers will be contacted and acknowledged within two months of closing of the competition if their images are to be used.
  8. The judges may request permission from an unsuccessful photographer to withhold a submitted image for consideration in the following year’s competition.
  9. Copies of winning entries will be stored in the Bureau of Meteorology image library. The catalogue record will contain a caption and the contact details of the photographer.