Bureau of Meteorology's 2020 Australian Weather Calendar is a photographic spectacular

It's hard to know who anticipates the annual Bureau of Meteorology calendar more - weather watchers or photographers.

The Australian Weather Calendar, a joint project between the bureau of meteorology and the Australian meteorological and oceanographic society, covers weather events from every state and territory and the "southern lights" from Antarctica.

It comes as no surprise photographers from across regional Australia have made their presence felt.

This year that includes two photographers from Ballarat.

It's a hat-trick for Ballarat photographer Andrew Thomas who has had a fog-related photograph in the calendar three years in a row.

"I've become pretty good at judging the fog around the district," he said.

SEPTEMBER: Fog over Lal Lal Creek Valley, November 12, 2017 - Andrew Thomas Photographer

SEPTEMBER: Fog over Lal Lal Creek Valley, November 12, 2017 - Andrew Thomas Photographer

His eye-catching photo shows a V/Line train crossing the bridge spanning the Lal Lal Creek Valley on November 12, 2017 and is the image that adorns the month of September.

"On this particular morning I was flying the drone and the conditions were just perfect with the sun flitering through the fog. Then in the distance I heard the whistle of the train, and so I hovered for a minute or two and grabbed the shot as it passed over the bridge."

Talbot photographer Phil Hart is better known for his astrophotography and capturing objects in the night sky, but on a trip to Tasmania he captured a different kind of dark sky with a rainbow in stormy skies over the D'Entrecasteaux Channel at Partridge Island off Tasmania's south coast.

"We'd chartered a yacht in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and looked at the 5 o'clock weather forecast and saw the wind had swung a little bit more southwesterly, and thought, 'this isn't going to be the most comfortable spot to spend the night!' he said.

MAY: Double rainbow over D'Entrecasteaux Channel (Partridge Island) Tasmania, March 10, 2019 - Phil Hart

MAY: Double rainbow over D'Entrecasteaux Channel (Partridge Island) Tasmania, March 10, 2019 - Phil Hart

"The crew motored to a more sheltered bay and bunkered down as the storm passed. Skies cleared up around sunset and there was some amazing texture in the clouds.

"I'd packed the camera gear with the idea that I'd do some night photography and possibly capture some aurora activity if conditions were right, but when these amazing storm clouds and double rainbow appeared I couldn't resist."

Meanhwile, former ABC political reporter Lyndal Curtis' imageThe Icing on the Cake is the October feature.

She captured the photo at the Jerrabomberra wetlands near Lake Burley Griffin. She said she was just strolling the area with her camera, looking to capture the beauty of the Canberra winter when she was drawn to the effect of frost and ice.

OCTOBER: Frost at Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, July 7, 2015 - Lyndal Curtis Photography

OCTOBER: Frost at Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, July 7, 2015 - Lyndal Curtis Photography

Ms Curtis built a career in radio and television on the political beat, for the most part with the ABC and then with Sky. She met her husband in the parliament house gallery.

But after 30 years of life dedicated to deadlines she needed a break. She said modern politics felt boring and superficial.

"There used to be a mix of politicking and policy, but now it's just all politics," Ms Curtis said.

The 2020 Australian Weather Calendar is on sale from today online, by phone 1300 798 789 or from the Bureau of Meteorlogy office in Melbourne.