An ‘intensely dramatic’ image of a US tornado has earned the Weather Photographer of the Year title for UK-based photo enthusiast Tim Moxon.

Tim’s winning entry ‘Tornado on show’

© Tim Moxon/RMet-RPS Weather Photographer of the Year 2016

Tim, who captured the winning shot near Wray, Colorado, in May said: ‘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…

‘We were among a number of people, including those you see in the shot, nervously enjoying the epic display nature put on for us.’

Weather Photographer of the Year was open to photographers worldwide and pulled in more than 800 entries.

The Surrey-based winner – who works in IT by day – used a Canon EOS 5DS R with a Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS lens. He shot at 1/160sec at f/5.6 and ISO 400.

The contest was organised by the Royal Meteorological Society and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS).

Judges included renowned photographer Tim Rudman, who said of the winning image: ‘It captures, in a moment, and at close quarters, an intensely dramatic weather event, showing 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.’

To view the shortlisted entries click HERE.