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A stunning picture showing a blanket of cloud draped across a mountain in Wales has won the Weather Photographer of the Year competition.

Gareth Mon Jones has come top in the contest run by The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS), in association with WeatherPro, for his photo, Above My Expectations, taken at Y Lliwedd, one of the flanks of Snowdon in North Wales. More than 5,700 photos were submitted in this year’s contest, showing weather phenomena from around the world, including clouds, lightning, rain, fog and snow.

The Young Weather Photographer of the Year award was given to Hugo Begg for his image showing a spectacular lightning show over Trial Bay in Australia.

The Public’s Favourite image, as voted for by more than 4,000 people, was awarded to Elena Salvai for her picture, The Power of Lightning.

Other shortlisted pictures include a motorcycle caught in a snowstorm, coloured beach huts under a black stormy sky and a dramatic wave on the coast at Tynemouth.

Liz Bentley, chief executive of the Royal Meteorological Society, said “The Royal Meteorological Society was overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of outstanding images submitted to the Weather Photographer of the Year competition this year, celebrating weather and climate in its many different forms. The photographs speak volumes about our obsession in the weather - capturing its beauty, its power and its fragility in the face of human activity.”

The winners of Weather Photographer of the Year 2019, Young Weather Photographer of the Year 2019, Public Favourite and the runners up from each category were announced today (Saturday) at RMetS WeatherLive at the Royal Statistical Society, London.

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