From super cell storms to the sky at night, amazing pictures showing the power of nature win an international competition

Huddled freezing underneath Niagara Falls, this shot of an ice-encrusted building has won an international photo competition.

And photographer Mark Duffy, from Canada, also bagged second place with this awesome storm rolling across the plains of Saskatchewan province near his home.

His pics came top in the Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers’ Power of Nature competition.

Third place went to Bosnian Inga Cvijanovich with a flooded orthodox church in Doboj.

Winner of the Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers’ Power of Nature competition.

Mark said of the storm shot, taken near his home: “I was south of Moose Jaw and there was a little something there that kept me chasing and a roll cloud started to develop.

“As I watched, the roll cloud turned into an incredible shelf cloud so I tried to stay ahead of it and position myself along the Trans Canada Highway and find a anchor or foreground so I raced to a row of granaries at Pense.

“Luckily the shelf cloud was intensifying and at its peak at Pense – major energy – so I parked to use my truck to block the wind and set up my tripod and camera and shot the picture.”

Of his winning picture, he added: “It was an unusually freezing winter and this had drawn tourists from all over.

“There was ice on everything and parking was impossible, so I walked along the main walkway above the cliff and Niagara River.

“I was trying to find a different composition and at a certain point leaned over the rail and lined up the Under the Falls Building with the cascading falls.

“The light was soft and added to the feel of the shot.”

Closer to home, Welsh photographer Aaron Crowe, 35, from Rhuddlan, North Wales was highly commended for his brooding storm picture off the Welsh coast.

He said: “I work as a crew man offshore taking technicians out to service the windfarms along the North Wales coast and have been doing this job for eight years.

“When leaving site one afternoon to return to port I noticed the storm clouds building and I eventually caught this shot.

“I’m pretty lucky doing what I do for work as I get to capture images that would be almost impossible for anyone else.”

Inga, who came third, was actually caught up in the massive floods that led to his picture of the Orthodox church Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary .

The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers’ Power of Nature competition. Aaron Crowe, storm off the Welsh coast.

He said: “The city of Doboj was under water, in some places water was up to seven metres deep.

“Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina had suffered the greatest damage, as the rain was the heaviest in 120 years of recorded weather measurements.

“At least 62 people had died as a result of the flooding, and hundreds of thousands had been forced from their homes.

“I left my car, took a camera, and walked but I did not manage to reach my house. It was then I took this photo.

“I managed to talk to my family on the phone but only arrived there by lifeboat the next day.”

The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers’ Power of Nature competition. Inga Cvijanovich flooded church in Doboj, Bosnia.

Caught between the clouds and a starry sky 3,900 metres up in the Himalayas, Ukrainian Yevhen Samuchenko was highly commended for his amazing shot.

He said: ” I was lucky to see and shoot this beautiful scene, when I was between the clouds and the clear starry sky of the Milky Way in the Lantang Region of Nepal.

“I like night photos for their slow pace. You can break away from the bustle of the day, and because of the long exposure shooting process it does not interfere with the contemplation of the starry sky.

“Watching the magnificent night sky, you feel like a single particle of the Universe.”

The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers’ Power of Nature competition. Yevhen Samuchenko Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave in Pokhara, Nepal.

He was also highly commended for his picture of Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave in Pokhara, also in Nepal.

He said: “When I took this long exposure photo I stumbled and I was knee-high in the water, but this picture from the bottom of the cave was worth these obstacles.”

Not to be outdone with the first two places, Mark Duffy was also highly commended for another storm shot of a hail lit up by a sunset.

The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers’ Power of Nature competition.

The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers’ Power of Nature competition. Yevhen Samuchenko Starry night in the Himalayas.

He said: “I travelled five hours to be in position for extreme weather event north of Brandon Manitoba.

“Every potential storm front fizzled out and I was getting frustrated.

“I knew there was potential storm moving up from North Dakota. So I started heading south and west from Minnedosa.

“Trying to salvage some shots I started shooting at sunset and suddenly as the sun was setting I noticed a hail front being lit by the setting sun.

“It is all about the lighting and lining up the shot and a bit of luck.”

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