Congratulations to the winners of the Whatever the Weather photo contest!

Photographer J. David Andrews, the Weather Network's John Gallant and Canadian Geographic photo editor Laura Stanley had the difficult job of selecting the winning photos from more than 14,600 submissions.

The judges chose the winning weather shots based on composition, content/originality, technical quality and visual impact. Watch the video above to hear why the winning photos stood out for them.

View all of the winning photos on Canadian Geographic's Photo Club.