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.
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 (please see Q&A for full guidelines);
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 eligible image.
The 26 Short-List
A short-list of 26 images will be announced on 30 July.
-photographers receive complimentary one year membership to our Explorer Club;
-are eligible for our annual People’s Choice Award, an award voted for by the public;
-will be part of a digital display at the Royal Geographical Society.
The 6 Finalists
Six finalists from the 26 short-list will be selected by our panel led by award-winning writers/photographers James Lowen and Nori Jemil.
-finalists will be eligible for our annual Focus for Survival Photographer of the Year award announced at the Royal Geographical Society event in November – the six finalists will be invited to the evening;
– will be printed and framed for exhibition at [email protected] and other venues this autumn;
– exhibition images will be sold in aid of our Project Fund;
-photographers have the option to sell up to an additional 10 limited edition prints on a 50/50 revenue share basis through our pop-up and online gallery.
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 generously donated by our patrons, adventurers, explorers, conservationists, 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. The finalists’ images are shared via our online channels as well as being displayed at our autumn exhibition/events – each exhibition print is for sale in aid of our projects helping to raise much needed funds.
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.
If your image is short-listed it will be seen and enjoyed by a wide audience.
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 [email protected]
The submission phase runs from January to June 2021.
Simply follow the ‘Enter Here‘ link.
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. Please make sure your image is eligible and features an endangered species or at risk wild space.
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.
Any image not fulfilling the criteria above will be discounted from selection.
You attach your photo to your entry form. Please ensure that the file size sent is no greater than 2MB. We will contact finalists for larger files for print purposes as and 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 2021.
The 26 shortlisted photographers will be displayed in a digital exhibit at our [email protected] exhibition and at our event at the Royal Geographical Society. In addition they:
- receive complimentary one year membership to our Explorer Club;
- have the opportunity to win the People’s Choice award voted for by the public. The winner receives an engraved trophy.
The six finalists selected by our expert panel will have their image printed, framed and exhibited at [email protected] on London’s South Bank during our November exhibition. Exhibition images will be sold in aid of our projects. In addition they:
- have the opportunity to win the Focus for Survival Photographer of the Year award – photographers will be invited to our event at the Royal Geographical Society where the winner will be announced. The winner receives an engraved trophy;
- the finalists also have the option to sell up to 10 limited edition prints in our pop-up and online stores on a 50/50 revenue share basis.
There are two stages.
After the submission deadline, all entries will be checked for eligibility and a shortlist of 26 images 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.
From the short-list our panel will select six finalists.
Last year guest judges included patrons Levison Wood and Pip Stewart, and photographers Paul Goldstein and Will Burrard-Lucas. The finalists will be announced in September. The six 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.
This award is chosen by our panel from six finalists.
Focus for Survival People’s Choice Award 2021
This award is chosen by the public, through an online vote. All 26 short-listed images are eligible.
Results are announced on 18 November at the RGS event.
If your image is selected as one of the 6 finalists we reserve the right to produce one exhibition print to be sold in aid of our projects.
With your permission we may also print a further 10 limited edition prints to sell on a 50/50 revenue share basis with you, through our pop-up and online gallery.
Any of the 26 short-listed images may be used in association with the campaign 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.