It was a busy year in the SWE Photography Contest with a total of 2210 photos entered. Here are the Top 30 Most Voted for Authors and the Top 50 Photos:

Top 30 Most Voted for Authors


Place Name Total votes
1. Devid Raziel Penguti 2885
2. Ákos Dornics 2549
3. Francesco Gabbianelli 1917
4. Christophe Suarez 1592
5. Mariusz Nawrocki 1455
6. Maja Kraljik 1326
7. Alessio Onori 1308
8. Brice Volo 1217
9. Sandro Puncet 1204
10. Tóth Gábor Gyula 1161
11. Eszter Santha 1148
12. Dominik Erban 1030
13. Stephen Vick 1029
14. Boris Jordan 991
15. Guy Coopmans 915
16. Christian Tondo 907
17. Fred Fritzy 901
18. Ingo Bertram 875
19. Stavros Kesedakis 844
20. Stefan Dantinger 841
21. Damir Kvajo 835
22. Dantex Tex 832
23. Dimitris Pantikidis 809
24. Andi Dorninger 782
25. Andreas Feichtmeier 768
26. Claudio Bottari 767
27. Entoni Novosel 741
28. θοδωρης κουτσαντωνοπουλος‎ 729
29. Michele Sensi 725
30. Matti Helin 706

Top 50 SWE Photography Contest photos of 2018

50. place: Paweł Jakub Kyc‎‎ – 192 votes

“Biłgoraj city. Southeastern Poland few days ago..”

49. place: Stavros Kesedakis‎ – 193 votes

“Supercell storm in Kansas over an abandoned house…just after the Geuda Springs tornado …May 14th”

48. place: Enrico Pino Serafini‎‎‎‎‎ – 195 votes

“Positive lightning over Rome”

47. place: Fabrizio Grassi‎‎‎‎‎ – 196 votes

“Last night (Apulia, southern Italy)”

47. place: Fabrice Amadieu‎‎ – 196 votes

“Storm over Sydney January 2015”

46. place: Dario Grubišić‎‎‎‎ – 197 votes

“Storm 9.6.2018 Croatia – Crikvenica”

46. place: Lucijan Španić‎‎ – 197 votes

“River Gacka -17°c”

45. place: Helena Bragonfly‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 198 votes

“North Adriatic, thunderstorm near Rijeka, July, 06 2018”

44. place: Ingo Bertram – 199 votes

“Flowing fog, no severe weather, but still not as motionless as one might think
Ingo Bertram Photography

43. place: Jessica Hay‎ – 202 votes

“Shelf Cloud over Limburg in Germany on July 2012. One of my biggest weather moments ever.

42. place: Šimon Rogl‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 203 votes

“Mamatus in the Czech Republic 10/2017”

42. place: Claudio Bottari‎‎‎ – 203 votes

“Mammatus clouds over Valle d’Itria on June 2 2018”

41. place: Devid Raziel Penguti‎ – 205 votes

“Storm is Here
07.07.2018
Bovolenta, Italy
www.facebook.com/devid.penguti

40. place: Christophe Suarez‎ – 208 votes

“One of my favorite pics this season. Thunderstorm and lightning near Trieste, in august.”

39. place: Christophe Suarez – 209 votes

“If I had to choose between elements, I would maybe select the northern lights. Nothing compares lady aurora dancing in the icelandic sky”

39. place: Sandro Puncet‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 209 votes

“Waterspouts and lightning…
3.9.2017. Island Losinj, Croatia
Sandro Puncet Photos

38. place: Francesco Gabbianelli‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 210 votes

“16/09 2017 Ancona Marche Italy”

37. place: Sven Swalef‎‎‎‎‎ – 211 votes

“Exceptional shelf cloud on a cold front boundary near Rockanje, the Netherlands. This system produced a rare meteorological phenomenon, a meteo-tsunami.”

36. place: Leszek Bartczak‎‎‎‎ – 212 votes

“Perseids, 11/12.08.2018 | Rogalinek, Poland.”

35. place: Nichas Anastasios – 215 votes

“12th Sempteber Greece, Crete”

35. place: Dale Kaminski‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 215 votes

“July 17, 2017 – Elm Creek Nebraska”

35. place: Claudio Bottari‎‎‎‎ – 215 votes

“Flying over Central Italy, 29/08/2017”

34. place: Danijel Jovanovic‎ – 218 votes

“Yesterday evening after sunset over Innsbruck
© Danijel Jovanovic Photography

33. place: Kevin Kohn – 223 votes

“A storm is coming”

32. place: Dimitris Pantikidis‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 224 votes

“Thunderstorm, Arabian Sea”

31. place: Marko Korošec – 226 votes

“Supercell storm over the north Adriatic sea, Croatia. Sept 1st, 2018”

30. place: Michiel Baatsen – 227 votes

“Angry green RFD on a supercell we intercepted near Frankenthal, Germany on 11 June 2018”

29. place: Rick Bekker‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 229 votes

“Mothership HP structures near Trier (Germany) 2 days ago.”

28. place: Rick Bekker‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 230 votes

“”The beast is coming”
This epic looking storm full of color and contrast with lightning illuminating the green core was one hell of a sight to see. Near Haselünne(Germany) 22th july, 2017.”

28. place: Ricardo Zelisko‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 230 votes

“Shelfcloud near Düsseldorf. 29.04.2018”

27. place: Dario Grubišić‎ – 241 votes

“Storm – Crikvenica 13.6.2018”

27. place: Tóth Gábor Gyula‎‎‎‎ – 241 votes

“The Evil…2016.06.11. Hungary”

26. place: Clement Peiffer‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 244 votes

“Varna :)”

25. place: Γιωργος Παρασκευαιδης‎ – 248 votes

“watching the view of Nicosia city Cyprus with the enormous thunderstorm making a big show!!”

24. place: Menno van der Haven‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 253 votes

“After watching incredible mammatus near Bassett, NE we headed east for some lightning photography.
However, twenty minutes later we had to stop again because of the awe-inspiring colouring of this mammatus….
June 1st 2018, near Stuart, Nebraska.”

23. place: Šime Barešić‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 258 votes

“Beautiful CG Lighting over Drage, Croatia
15.05.2018.
© Otrow Photography

22. place: Kevin Kohn‎ – 259 votes

“Thunderstorm in Luxemburg”

21. place: Dragutin Stijepović‎‎‎ – 260 votes

“Serbia, blood moon :)”

20. place: Francesco Gabbianelli – 264 votes

“Ancona Sud ,Marche Italy 06/2018”

19. place: Dennis Oswald‎‎‎‎‎ – 267 votes

“Supercell near Erick, OK seen in May 2018”

18. place: Andi Dorninger‎‎ – 269 votes

“Mammatus Setup near Kimball, Nebraska”

18. place: Andrea Ruello‎‎‎ – 269 votes

“In Filottrano.”

17. place: Georg Thome‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 271 votes

“29.04.18, Massive impact near Erlenbach / Kraichgau / South West Germany. Shot was taken with ISO 200, f 8, no chance to save the pic out of RAW. Lightning strenght 115 KA.”

16. place: Nagykovácsi Zsolt‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 285 votes

“Hungary – last night (30.04.2018) :)”

15. place: Šimon Rogl‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 286 votes

“Thunderstorm with right-side updraft in the Czech Republic 30.05.2017”

14. place: Maja Kraljik – 293 votes

“Monster shelf cloud over Umag,NW Istria,Croatia on 24.09.2017.”

13. place: Entoni Novosel‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 298 votes

“After a good night sleep i went for a different processing of the photo (more dramatic) that i posted on my personal page.
A beautiful positive lightning stroke right in front of me in the morning blue hour,a picture that i waiting for years :) .
17.05.2018 Pula,Croatia”

12. place: Christophe Suarez‎‎‎‎ – 309 votes

“Fantastic atmosphere in the Alps (april 2018)
I’ll never forget that evening. An incredible altocumulus lenticularis was born in front of my position, over Mont-Blanc, the top of the Alps.”

11. place: Francesco Pepe‎‎‎‎ – 323 votes

“Storm in Calabria”

10. place: Christophe Suarez – 325 votes

“Hail shower near Chambéry. I wish you a happy holiday season.”

9. place: Огнян Николов‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 334 votes

“Thunderstorm at sunset”

8. place: Maja Kraljik‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 342 votes

“Shelf cloud over Umag,NW Istria,Croatia
08.06.2018.”

8. place: Bastian Haaf‎ – 342 votes

“I took this picture about a year ago in Hungen, 50 Kilometers in the north of Frankfurt (Germany).
Canon EOS 5D Mark II | EF 17-40/4.0L | ISO 400 | f8.0 | 1/50s”

7. place: Ingo Bertram‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 349 votes

“Severe storm at Trier, western Germany, last Sunday
Ingo Bertram Photography

6. place: Sid Smith‎‎‎ – 374 votes

“Crook Colorado 17th of May 2018”

6. place: Tobias Ackermann‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 374 votes

“In order to see the cloud structures so clearly, it is necessary to reduce the “Haze” in the atmosphere. This works very well with the image development software ” Lightroom “, which even called a regulator of ” haze “, The Light should also vote, here it is the seitenlicht of the fading sun. This is exactly my kind of “Photography” structures and light moments that you don’t see otherwise. I’m too curious and always want to see behind things, pure documentary photography is not my style.”

5. place: Maja Kraljik‎‎‎ – 377 votes

“Beautiful shelfcloud over Umag,NW Istria yesterday in the morning
08.06.2018.”

4. place: Damir Kvajo‎‎‎ – 481 votes

“Perfect framing :)
Novigrad, Croatia, August 13.”

3. place: Dominik Erban‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ – 546 votes

“After storm, 4.4.2018 Germany
https://www.facebook.com/dom.erban/

2. place: Dantex Tex‎‎‎‎ – 652 votes

“Epic after passing storm over Ronchi Tower (airport Ronchi dei legionari – Italy) in august 2018 – by Pazzi per il meteo goriziano & storm chasing

1. place – WINNER: Boris Jordan‎ – 989 votes

“- Mammatus Outbreak –
This was by far the most spectacular mammatus display I’ve ever seen in my entire life.
After an exciting chase on 04.04.2018 we stopped next to Leipzig (Saxony) to shoot some lightnings on a backside of a thunderstorm.
After the sun went down low-hanging mammatus clouds began to shines red and blue. I was just speechless, as I only saw such displays on photos from USA and was not expected to see it in Germany.
As a bonus a small lightning found a way to the photo.
Simply EPIC!
Author:
Boris Jordan Photography


Congratulations to all authors in the SWE Photography Contest and thank you for participating in 2018! Here’s to 2019!