Pouring down - maiko protecting herself from the heavy rain, Kyoto.

Weather Photographer of the Year 2019 Photo Contest – Shortlisted! 

I have just received the following message from the  Royal Meteorological Society in London!  What a surprise and what an honor!

Dear WPotY 2019 Entrant,

I would like to inform and congratulate you on being selected for our Weather Photographer of the Year 2019 shortlist!
The shortlist of 24 photographs is now live on the competition website and the public vote has now opened:  www.photocrowd.com/wpoty-2019-voting/. The vote will close at midday GMT (13:00 UTC+1) on 25th September.
The photo was taken in the street where I live in the Miyagawa-Cho Hanamachi or Flower Town, one of the five geisha districts of  Kyoto. As I especially like the way the maiko and geiko (geisha of Kyoto) look when holding their Bengasa or traditional waxed silk umbrella, I often go out with a camera when it rains. This day, it was really pouring down and I got lucky to see this maiko coming my way.
I went down a bit to get the angle I wanted and took this photo. I will always remember the smile on the girl’s face looking at me, drenched, as she walked by. 
You may want to follow the link above and express your own opinion by voting.