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FFS Introducing

FFS Introducing is new for 2020 – a photographic competition open to everyone

Just 26 finalists will be selected from all FFS Introducing submissions received and form part of a special digital exhibit during our 2020 autumn tour which includes the prestigious gallery@oxo, South Bank and the Royal Geographical Society in London.

This is a chance to have your image displayed while supporting conservation at the same time.

26 is a significant number for Explorers Against Extinction. It is estimated that on average one elephant is lost to poaching in the wild every 26 minutes. Explorers Against Extinction seeks to raise public awareness about threats to iconic species while also raising funds through art and photography for specific frontline projects.

 

 FFS Introducing in a nutshell:

– There are two categories – Wildlife and Wild Spaces;

– Anyone can enter;

– There is a £10 per photo submission fee, which supports Explorers Against Extinction conservation projects – for our free entry Life in Lockdown competition click here;

– The closing date has been extended to 30 June 2020;

– The 26 finalists as selected by our expert panel will be announced 31 July 2020 and form part of a special digital exhibit during our autumn tour. All 26 images are eligible to win the People’s Choice Award, as voted for by the public. Postcards of the images will be available to buy both on tour at our venues and via our online store with proceeds supporting our projects;

– Six images will be shortlisted (three in each category), with exhibition prints being produced for display on the autumn tour. The short-listed images will be eligible for two awards: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 and Wild Spaces Photographer of the Year 2020. The six shortlisted images will be sold via online auction in aid of our projects.

 

You can enter by completing the FFS Introducing online entry form (opens in new tab).

You can pay your entry fee via PayPal at our FFS Introducing PayPal Payment Page. (opens in new tab).

 

For full details please see below.

This is an opportunity to have your photograph shown in a high profile professional collection, alongside that of successful, international photographers, at a renowned venue on London’s South Bank & at the Royal Geographical Society.

By contributing you will showing your support for wildlife conservation. Entering a photo into the competition helps to raise awareness about species extinction through our exhibitions and online presence, as well as your £10 entrance fee going to our campaigns to safeguard wildlife and to help empower communities to fight wildlife crime.

The 26 finalists will have their work made into postcards for sale at our venues and be eligible for three awards.

The six short-listed pieces (three in each category) will be added to the professional & celebrity collection and sold in our online auction.

In 2019 we were supported by the BBC wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan, the explorer Levison Wood and the presenter Simon Reeve. We also received images from Nick Dyer, Margot Raggett, Gurcharan Roopra, Robin Moore, Peter Chadwick and  Will Burrard-Lucas.

Any photographer – professional, amateur, hobby or student – is invited to enter and support our campaign. You can live anywhere in the world.

Please note: If you are under the age of 16 you must email a consent note from a parent/guardian/teacher giving permission to enter with the subject: FFS Intro Under 16 consent – Your name” to ffs@realworldconservation.org uk.

 

The entry fee is £10 per photo entered. This money is a donation and goes towards the 2020 projects we are fund-raising for.

If, for example, you decide to enter two photos of wildlife and one of wild spaces, the total entrance fee is £30.

Your entry must be an original photograph taken by you.

There are two categories within the competition.

  • Wildlife: your photo must feature an endangered species – mammal, reptile, bird or insect – from the UK or worldwide.

To qualify as endangered they must be categorised as Vulnerable (VU), Endangered (EN), Critically Endangered (CR) or Extinct in the Wild (EW) on the IUCN Red List (visit www.IUCNredlist.org and use their species search)

 

  • Wild Spaces: you work must depict an at risk landscape/seascape from anywhere in the world.

This could, for example, be a wood or forest, a coral reef, mountain range, coastline, wetland etc whose ecosystem/existence is threatened by climate change or human activity.

You attach your photo to your entry form. Please ensure that the file size sent is no greater than 1 MB. We will contact the 26 successful photographers for larger files for print purposes if necessary.

You can open the entry form by clicking here (opens in new tab).

A maximum of three photos per category per photographer. You will need to submit an online entry form for each entry. You payment however can be done as one payment.

We are accepting submissions until 2359 on Sunday 31st May 2020.

After the submission deadline, all entries will be judged by a panel of leading photographers, explorers and the charity trustees.

The results will be announced on the Explorers Against Extinction website on Friday 31 July.

At this stage the 26 finalists will be contacted for high-resolution files.

There are three awards.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020.

Three photographers will be shortlisted for the award with our expert panel deciding the winner. The winner will be announced at our event at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 12 November. The shortlist will be announced on Friday 5 September 2020. All short-listed photographers will be invited to the RGS event.

Wild Spaces Photographer of the Year 2020

Three photographers will be shortlisted for the award with our expert panel deciding the winner. The winner will be announced at our event at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 12 November. The shortlist will be announced on Friday 5 September 2020. All short-listed photographers will be invited to the RGS event.

The People’s Choice Award 2020

This award is chosen by the public, through an online vote and is chosen from the FFS Introducing 26 finalists.  It goes to the image with the most votes. Voting opens 5 September 2020 and closes during our event at the Royal Geographical Society on 12 November.

Every entry will be displayed in our online gallery on the Explorers Against Extinction website which will open on Friday 5 September.

You do.

If your photo is selected as part of the Introducing 26 we reserve the right to produce postcards and prints to sell in aid of our campaign, as well as using the images for marketing and promotion. The photographer will be credited. For all entries we reserve the right to use the photos in association with the campaign digitally. In all cases the photographer retains all rights beyond these competition requirements.