The Bureau of Meteorology's 2020 calendar makes any wall a wonderwall
Some of this country's most spectacular weather phenomena are captured and explained in the
Bureau of Meteorology's 2020 calendar, with the theme "Weather safety for all Australians".
Bureau chief executive officer Dr Andrew Johnson said competition for inclusion in this year's edition
was as tough as ever, with hundreds of amateur and professional photographers submitting their
snaps and a final 13 pictures going into print.
"I am proud to say that our 2020 calendar includes images from every State and Territory, as well as
Antarctica, so we're covering Australia and beyond, from the tropics to the frozen continent," Dr
"It features everything from fascinating cloud formations, such as the incredible morning glory cloud
above Burketown in northwest Queensland, to an intricate close-up of a frosted leaf near Canberra.
"Every page provides an insight into both the striking visuals and the danger posed by severe
weather conditions, so it perfectly fits our weather safety message of 'Know your weather. Know
Credit: Martin Ascher, Mallacoota Images
While Martin Ascher has always had a love for photography, it's his passion for the local community
that gives him the motivation to capture his hometown of Mallacoota through the lens.
Having helped set up the Mallacoota Fundraising Group a few years ago, Martin now donates his
images for a calendar that sees all proceeds go back to emergency services in the community. 'All of
the emergency services here are voluntary, so we're very proud we've been able to make a
contribution and support the people of Mallacoota,' Martin says.
'Here where we live, you can just about point the camera in any direction, and you'll get a beautiful
picture. I just love the remoteness, it's unspoiled—you can walk all day and you won't pass a single
person.' On this particular day, Martin says he got up early and noticed the colour in the sky, taking
off before daybreak to photograph the amazing scene. 'There'd been bushfires in the area and it
created the most spectacular sunrise, and to get the reflection off the water as well was just
See Martin's photo, along with the other breathtaking pictures in the Australian Weather Calendar
2020 at www.bom.gov.au/calendar
The calendar can be ordered from the Bureau's online shop at www.shop.bom.gov.au, by phone on
1300 798 789 or purchased at selected Bureau offices. Prices are $15 for the small version and $17
for the traditional A2 size (plus P&H) and can be sent to friends and family anywhere in the world.