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  • Local amateur photographers are being invited to enter the Meteorological Service of Jamaica’s (Met Service) World Meteorological Day Photo Competition.
  • Meteorologist and Quality Manager at the Met Service, Kareen Gourzong, told JIS News that the competition aims to demonstrate the reality of climate change through photographs.
  • World Meteorological Day, a programme of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), will be observed globally on March 23.

Local amateur photographers are being invited to enter the Meteorological Service of Jamaica’s (Met Service) World Meteorological Day Photo Competition.

Persons are encouraged to submit images that best depict the World Meteorological Day theme: ‘Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future’. The deadline for entries is March 13.

Meteorologist and Quality Manager at the Met Service, Kareen Gourzong, told JIS News that the competition aims to demonstrate the reality of climate change through photographs.

“We are opening entries for people to send photographs that they think capture images of weather extremes such as heat, drought, flood; things that are compelling and captivating,” she informed.

The competition is opened to amateurs in two categories:  aged six to 17 years old; and 18 years and older.

Application forms are available at the Met Service’s website www.jamaicaclimate.net, in addition to information on size, type and quality of the entries. All images must be original.

The top two entries in each category will be awarded photography equipment, including cameras and accessories. Members of the public will be asked to select the social media choice awardee.

“What will happen is that the shortlisted photos will be placed on the website www.mwlecc.gov.jm and people will have the opportunity to go there and vote for the entry of their choice. That winning entry will be adjudged the social media choice award,” Mrs. Gourzong informed.

She said through the photo competition, the hope is to raise awareness about climate change, and the need for collective action to mitigate its effects.

“Through this photo competition, we are asking persons to be more aware of their surroundings. So far, we have been having images that capture… what is happening now as a result of climate change,” she told JIS News.

World Meteorological Day, a programme of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), will be observed globally on March 23.