Wednesday, May 23rd

1st Place: Touch the Sky(Photo: Kelton Halbert)

Kelton Halbert was chasing after supercell storms near Kansas City when he was rewarded with the view of a tornado twisting down to a farm field.

He got out of his vehicle, pulled his Fujifilm XA-2 Mirrorless digital camera to his eye and clicked away.

Halbert, 23, was recently rewarded again when his photo was chosen as the winner of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences annual photography contest.

In 2016 Halbert was working on his undergraduate degree at the University of Oklahoma when he and a friend decided to go storm chasing.

"There ended up being a supercell thunderstorm that produced close to 12 tornadoes in the Dodge City area, kind of out in the open field. That picture was from the first tornado from that storm that afternoon," Halbert said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon.

He was 1 1/2 to 2 miles from the twister.