The Weather Channel and Toyota have announced a photographic contest with a $15,000 top award and thousands more in other prizes for the runners up in three categories.  

The competition is open to US residents only, and photographic submissions 'should showcase a passion for nature, adventure, travel or weather'. Photographers can enter in the categories of 'Living World (nature)', 'Adventure (travel/sports & recreation)' and 'The Elements (weather)'.

Submissions can be made on the weather.com website and on the company's Facebook page. Users can vote daily for their favorite photo. 

Final judging will be performed by wildlife photography expert Adam Ravetch, BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Steve Winter, adventure photographer David Mayhew and Weather.com Editor-in-Chief Neil Katz. 

Deadline for submission is June 15. Winners will be announced August 15, 2014

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