Local Long Island, NY Resident Wins Grand Prize in The Weather Channel’s “It’s Amazing Out There” Photo Contest


Local Long Island resident, Matt Clark, has been named the grand-prize winner of The Weather Channel’s 2015 “It’s Amazing Out There” photo contest.

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Jetstar, Hurricane Sandy 2013

Photo by: Matt Clark, via clarkography.com

New York, NY - August 31, 2015 - Local Long Island resident, Matt Clark, has been named the grand-prize winner of The Weather Channel’s 2015 “It’s Amazing Out There” photo contest. His photo of the Jet Star roller coaster, which was taken mere months after Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, has secured him the top spot with a prize of $15,000. See more of Matt's photography at clarkography.com

In the “It’s Amazing Out There” photo contest, The Weather Channel invited weather enthusiasts to submit photos that celebrate the amazing world out there. Over 40,000 impressive images from photographers – amateurs and professionals alike – were submitted for the contest – in the categories of weather, nature, and adventure.

The other winners included:

Entries were judged via three criteria: Creativity in dealing with the subject matter, technical merit of the photo, and appropriateness to the category. Judges included:

  • Evgeny Tchebotarev, founder and chief product officer of 500px, an online community for photographers. Originally from Moscow, Tchebotarev began his career as a photographer in 2002 when he sold three photos from his very first roll of film. 
  • Steve Winter, whose credits include being named BBC Wildlife’s Photographer of the Year; a book of photography published by National Geographic; and work featured on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” CNN, BBC, NPR, and more.
  • David Mayhew, adventure/weather photographer
  • Neil Katz, editor-in-chief of weather.com and vice president of content for The Weather Company

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