WMO Online Calendar Feature for Photographers in the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Calendar Competition 2021

Submit pictures of the Ocean which illustrate the theme of the 2021 World Meteorological Day “The Ocean, our climate and weather” to take part in this photo contest. 

Winners of the contest will have their pictures widely circulated through a feature in the WMO calendar. Their winning entries will be used to depict the effect of the Ocean on our climate, weather and water cycle. 

Application Deadline: September 15, 2020 


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Winning entries will feature in the WMO 2021 online calendar. 

They will be showcased and widely circulated on the WMO website and social media platforms and feature prominently in the World Meteorological Day 2021 celebrations. 

They will also be promoted among other U.N. agencies and displayed during the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development to be held from 2021-2030. 


The Contest is open to all individuals and groups regardless of age or location.

Requirements/Terms and Conditions 

  • Individuals below 18 years of age may participate with the permission of their parents or legal guardians. 

If the entry of an entrant under 18 years of age is selected, and written parental or guardian permission cannot be provided, the WMO has the right to reject the entry.

  • Staff and employees of the WMO Secretariat are not eligible to participate in this contest. 
  • Entrants must obtain permission from all persons appearing on their images. 

If any entrant emerge a winner, and such written permission cannot be provided, the WMO has the right to reject the entry.

  • Use of copyrighted materials, is prohibited unless the entrant has written permission to use such materials. 

If written permission cannot be provided, the WMO has the right to reject the entry.

  • Winning entries will be rewarded with much recognition but no monetary prizes. 
  • All selected photographs will be promoted on WMO media channels. It’s therefore important that each entrant include their social media handles for due credit.
  • Each contestant retains the rights to his/her photographs; however, by entering the contest, he/she grants WMO a non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries and text, in any media now existing or to be developed, for any educational, promotional, publicity, exhibition, and all other standard purposes of WMO. 

Due credit will be given to the entrant each time his/her photo is used, wherever necessary. They will not be used for commercial purposes. 

  • Photos that have been awarded or given honourable mentions in any photo contest, either online or in print, and photos that have already been used in print or online publications (including but not limited to posters, online and print media, publicity materials, books, and articles) are not eligible for submission. 

However, photos already used in the entrant’s personal or social spaces such as blogs and social media may be submitted. 

  • The WMO will not be responsible or liable for: 
    • Any problem, loss or damage due to delay and/or failure in receiving and sending the entry as a result of any network, communication or system interruption or error. 
    • Any error, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, site failure or unauthorised access to entries, as a result of use of the designated YouTube channel and/or website. 
    • Any problem, damage or loss of whatever nature to any entrant, or their authorised representatives, resulting from their participation in the Contest.
  • The WMO reserves the right to cancel, modify, suspend or delay the Contest in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond its reasonable control. 
  • The WMO reserves the right to change, amend, delete or add to these Contest terms and conditions without prior notice at any time, and the entrants shall be bound to such changes.

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Application Instructions

Read the following guidelines for submissions in the contest 

  • Individual entrants may submit up to three separate entries in total. Subsequent entries will not be considered.

Photographers may submit multiple entries, but only one photo can be included in the final calendar.

  • All photos must be a minimum size of 4000×3000 pixels.
  • All photos must be submitted in JPEG or TIFF format (with little compression to preserve image quality.
  • All photos must be in landscape (horizontal) format.
  • Black and white photographs as well as coloured photographs will be accepted.
  • All photos must be clearly captioned, including a title, a location and the date of the photograph.
  • Minimal cropping is permitted. Minor adjustments, including dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast and slight color adjustments, are acceptable as long as the integrity of the original photo is maintained.

To enter the contest,

  • Take a striking photo related to the Ocean, the weather and climate.  
  • Fill out completely and accurately the WMO online entry form, and attach your photo and submit via a dedicated page on the WMO website. 
  • Add a short explanatory caption and location for your image.

Provide your social media handles.

  • If you share your photos on your own social media profiles, use the #WMOphoto hashtag.

About the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Calendar Competition

Established in 1950, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) with 193 Member States and Territories. 

The WMO became a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1951 and is tasked as the UN’s authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth’s atmosphere, its interaction with the land and oceans, the weather and climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources.

Its mandate is in the areas of meteorology (weather and climate), operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences. 

The WMO plays a leading role in international efforts to monitor and protect the environment through its programs. In its activities to contribute towards ensuring the sustainable development and well-being of nations, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Calendar Competition was launched in 2014. 

With the Ocean covering over 70% of the Earth’s surface, providing essential resources, and a major driver of the world’s weather and climate, it provides endless fascination and inspiration for photographs which demonstrate its amazing beauty and  power and fragility. 

The 2021 Competition is themed “The Ocean, our climate and weather” in celebration of the World Meteorological Day 2021. 

Inspired by the unprecedented upheaval during and changes after COVID-19, the contest is focused on providing the 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.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for submissions is 15th September, 2020. 

Results will be announced by 16th October, 2020.

Entrants of all photos selected as winner will be notified via e‐mail. If no response is provided within seven days of notification, the winner shall forfeit any and all claims, and will be disqualified.

Entries will be evaluated by a WMO panel of experts in meteorology and oceanography as well as experienced professional photographers. Entries will be judged on the basis of: 

  • Technical quality, clarity, and composition
  • Visual impact
  • Novelty and flair for the unexpected

WMO will begin by shortlisting about 50 photographs, based on technical and artistic merit. Then publish shortlisted photos on Facebook and Instagram, allowing followers to vote for their favorites. 

The WMO jury will make the final selections for the 13 photos for inclusion in the calendar (one for the cover and one for each month), based on the social media votes but also taking into account geographical balance.

The competition will take place virtually and also be promoted via Twitter and via other U.N. social media accounts.

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