Focus for Survival
Our wild world captured by you.
Focus for Survival is a celebration of Mother Nature through photography.
Our free-to-enter Focus for Survival photographic competition offers the chance for a wide audience to be inspired by your image of the natural world.
By sharing the story of your image you’ll be helping to raise awareness about vulnerable wildlife and at-risk wild spaces.
Focus for Survival 2021 is open now. To enter, please read the guidelines below and follow the ENTER HERE link.
Image at top: Adam Bannister. Image on left: Paul Goldstein. Images below from left to right: Will Burrard Lucas, Peter Ian Chadwick, Fiona Mackay.
FOCUS FOR SURVIVAL IN BRIEF
There are two categories: Wildlife and Wild Spaces;
Anyone can enter;
It is free to enter;
The closing date is 30 June;
We plant a tree through our Carbon for Conservation scheme on behalf of everyone entering an image;
26 Finalists receive complimentary one year membership to our Explorer Club. All 26 are eligible for our annual People’s Choice Award, an award voted for by the public. Limited edition prints of the finalists’ images will be available via our pop-up and online stores with all proceeds going to our 21 For 21 Project Fund. The 26 images will also be part of a digital display at the Royal Geographical Society;
A shortlist of six images will be selected by our panel for our annual Focus for Survival Photographer of the Year award. Bradt Guides’ writers/photographers James Lowen and Nori Jemil will lead the selection panel. Shortlisted photographers will be invited to the RGS event. Their image will also be exhibited at gallery@oxo in November.
To find out more, please see the Q&A below. Thank you.
Focus for Survival is a celebration of Mother Nature through photography. By celebrating nature we can help to protect it.
Annually we showcase a small selection of images by our patrons, celebrity supporters and professional photographers. These include Will Burrard Lucas, Robin Moore, Peter Ian Chadwick, Paul Goldstein, Margot Raggett, BBC cameraman Gordon Buchanan, travel writer/presenter Simon Reeve and explorer Levison Wood.
In addition we run a free-to-enter photographic competition which is open to everyone.
By entering our competition your image has the opportunity to reach a wide audience and to raise awareness about species extinction and habitat loss. Shortlisted images are shared via our online channels as well as being displayed at our autumn exhibition/events.
By contributing you will be showing your support for wildlife conservation. Entering a photo into the competition helps to raise awareness about species extinction and habitat loss. In addition, for every competition entry received, we pledge to plant a tree on your behalf.
26 finalists will be selected from all submissions. They receive complimentary one year membership to our Explorer Club and have the opportunity to win the People’s Choice award voted for by the public. All 26 images will be displayed in a digital exhibit at our event at the Royal Geographical Society. All 26 images will be produced as a limited edition print and be for sale in our pop-up and online stores, with all proceeds going to our 2021 Project Fund.
Six of the 26 images will also be shortlisted by our expert panel for the Focus for Survival Photographer of the Year award – shortlisted photographers will be invited to our event at the Royal Geographical Society where the winner will be announced. Their images will also be exhibited at gallery@oxo on London’s South Bank during our November exhibition.
Anyone can enter – professional, amateur, hobby or student. 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: “Focus for Survival Under 16 consent – Your name” – please send this to firstname.lastname@example.org
The submission phase runs from January to June 2021. Simply follow the ‘Enter Here‘ link to enter (this will be live from New Year).
The form is very quick and easy to complete and simply requires your contact details and some information about your image, for example when and where it was taken. When you have completed the form you will be asked to attach your image as a jpeg file (please provide an image no larger than 2 MB – we will contact the finalists if we require a larger file for printing/exhibiting).
The competition is free-to-enter.
Your entry must be an original photograph taken by you.
There are two categories:
- Wildlife: your photo must feature an endangered species from anywhere in the world.
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). The submission form will ask you to identify the species and give come context to your image.
- Wild Spaces: you work must depict an at risk landscape/seascape/flora 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. The submission form will ask you to identify the place and give some context to your image.
You attach your photo to your entry form. Please ensure that the file size sent is no greater than 2MB. We will contact short-listed photographers for larger files for print purposes when necessary.
You can open the entry form by clicking here (opens in new tab).
A maximum of three photos per category per photographer. If you decide to enter both Wildlife and Wild Spaces you can submit a total of 6 photos (3 in each category).
You will need to submit an online entry form for each entry.
We are accepting submissions until 2359 on 30 June 2020.
Winners of the two awards receive an engraved trophy, and an Explorers Against Extinction goodie bag.
All 26 finalists receive a complimentary one year membership to our Explorer Club. The six short-listed photographers are also invited to our event at the Royal Geographical Society.
There are two stages.
After the submission deadline, all entries will be checked for eligibility and 26 finalists announced on the Explorers Against Extinction website on Friday 30 July 2021. These 26 images go forward to our People’s Choice vote which opens in November. The People’s Choice winner is announced at our Royal Geographical Society event.
A panel will short-list six of the 26 images. Last year guest judges included patrons Levison Wood and Pip Stewart, and photographers Paul Goldstein and Will Burrard-Lucas. The short-list will be announced in September. The six short-listed photographers are invited to join us at our event at The Royal Geographical Society in London where the winner of the Focus for Survival Photographer of the Year will be announced.
This year we are delighted to welcome Bradt Guides as the sponsor of Focus for Survival. Bradt Guides’ writers/photographers James Lowen and Nori Jemil will lead the selection panel.
James Lowen is an award-winning writer focusing on the nexus between wildlife, travel and conservation. Two of his 13 books, both published by Bradt Travel Guides, have won Travel Guidebook of the Year prizes, namely A Summer of British Wildlife: 100 Great Days out with British Wildlife and 52 European Wildlife Weekends: a Year of Short Breaks for Nature Lovers. James’s new book is Much Ado About Mothing, a travel narrative that views Britain through the filter of its rare and remarkable moths. As a photographer, James has hundreds of wildlife images.
Nori Jemil is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and videographer, and author of the forthcoming The Travel Photographer’s Way (Bradt Guides, October). A member of the British Guild of Travel Writers, she was recognised as their Photographer of the Year in 2017 and won Wanderlust magazine’s Travel Photo of the Year in 2011. She is widely published and her photos have been exhibited in London, Milan and Madrid. Nori also teaches film and photography.
There are two awards:
Focus for Survival Photographer of the Year 2021.
Six 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. The shortlist will be announced on 3 September 2021. All short-listed photographers will be invited to the RGS event.
Focus for Survival People’s Choice Award 2021
This award is chosen by the public, through an online vote and is chosen from the 26 finalists. It goes to the image with the most votes. Voting opens in November and will be announced via our social media and enewsletter and closes during our RGS event.
If your image is selected as one of the 26 finalists we reserve the right to produce a limited number of prints to sell in aid of our campaign, as well as using the images for press 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.