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 public voting is now closed and the photo was #9 of the shortlist of 24 photographs.
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” 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.