The Royal Meteorological Society and The Royal Photographic Society have announced the winners of the Weather Photographer of the Year 2016 competition. Although the competition is only in its first year, more than 800 photographs depicting weather from around the world were submitted.

The judges awarded the overall Weather Photographer of the Year 2016 title to Tim Moxon for his photo Tornado on Show. Tim Rudman, internationally known fine art and landscape photographer, said "Tim Moxon's dramatic photograph fulfils all the requested criteria supremely well. It captures in a moment, and at close quarters, an intensely dramatic weather event, showing both the formation and impact of the tornado. The inclusion of the storm chasers adds scale and a human element, which irresistibly engages the viewer. The exposure is spot on and the composition compelling."

Weather Photographer of the Year 2016
Overall Weather Photographer of the Year 2016 – Tim Moxon, United Kingdom / Tornado on Show: "
A classic severe weather setup in the high plains of Colorado near the town of Wray yielded one of the most photogenic tornadoes of the year. We were just ahead of the storm as the tornado started and tracked with it as it grew from a fine funnel to a sizeable cone tornado. At this moment the twister was at its most photogenic while it's parent supercell continued to be manageable. We were among a number of people, including those you see in the shot, nervously enjoying the epic display nature put on for us. Taken on a Canon 5DS-R with a Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS lens, 1/160, F5.6, 24mm, ISO400, 4 May 2016." Tim Moxon / RMet-RPS Weather Photographer of the Year 2016

This sprite lightning photograph was awarded first place in the 17 and over category. One of the judges, Michael Pritchard, said "Ben Cherry has made the most of circumstance and serendipity to capture a very rare form of lightning. Showing this as part of the wider night sky and Milky Way has created a very beautiful and ethereal image that stood out immediately to the selectors.

Weather Photographer of the Year 2016
First place, over 16s – Ben Cherry, United Kingdom / Sprite Lightning: "The image was taken in Punta Banco, a small village on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. I was based out there for six months last year as a scarlet macaw researcher for the Wild Macaw Association. It shows a very rare type of lightning called a sprite. The storm was far out at sea during a new moon, so there was very little light and as a result the stars were spectacular! I set up the frame to include the pulsing storm and the milky way as I liked the contrast. Just after I started the 30 second exposure this sprite strike illuminated the sky, shooting up into the atmosphere, my jaw dropped and I assumed that it would have blown out the image but I was thrilled to witness it. But as I checked the camera, the exposure was all correct as the strike was so far out at sea. This is the only sprite lightning strike I have ever witnessed. Taken with a Fujifilm X-T1 and XF16mm f1.4 30 seconds, ISO 1600.: Ben Cherry / RMet-RPS Weather Photographer of the Year 2016

Second place in the 17 and over category was awarded to Camelia Czuchnicki for the striking picture Clash of the Storms.

Weather Photographer of the Year 2016
Second place – Camelia Czuchnicki, United Kingdom / Clash of the Storms: "A clash between two storm cells in New Mexico, US in June 2014, each with its own rotating updraft. It appeared as though one updraft was anticyclonic, resulting in a very turbulent scene. The curved striations of the oldest noticeable against the new bubbling convection of the newer. It was a fantastic sight to watch and it's the rarity of such scenes that keep drawing me back to the US Plains each year. Taken a Nikon D610 and Nikon 14-24mm lens, with an exposure time of 1/160 seconds at f5.6 and ISO-100." Camelia Czuchnicki / RMet-RPS Weather Photographer of the Year 2016

James Bailey, who won first place in the 16 and under category, has won an Olympus DSLR camera for his photograph of a 'Hailstorm and rainbow over the seas of Covehithe'. After contacting James, and the third place winner in the over 17s category, Andrew Bailey, the organisers discovered that they are actually father and son.

More than 2,500 members of the public voted for their favourite image, with Paul Kingston's 'Storms Cumbria' image winning the accolade.

Weather Photographer of the Year 2016
Public vote winner – Paul Kingston, United Kingdom / Storms Cumbria: "The image I captured shows the inner harbour wall at Whitehaven, Cumbria being hit by a monstrous wave, dwarfing the surrounding man-made structures. This occurred on the day I travelled from County Durham to the west coast of Cumbria to photograph a winter storm as the UK was currently being hit by a series of Atlantic storms sending tidal surges and strong gale-force westerly winds, which made for ideal conditions for large swells at Whitehaven." Paul Kingston / RMet-RPS Weather Photographer of the Year 2016

IBTimes UK presents the shortlisted images from the Weather Photographer of the Year 2016 competition. See the website to find out more.

The Weather Photographer of the Year exhibition will go on tour around the UK later this year and in 2017 with each image supported by captions from both the photographer and meteorologists. Tim Rudman really recommends people make sure they are able to visit, stating "The result is a superb exhibition, which I'm sure will grow year on year and I urge anyone with an interest in weather or photography to come and see it and to consider entering next year."