Focus for Survival 2020: Life in Lockdown

***This competition is now closed and the winners have ben announced.***

We have a NEW free-to-enter photography competition. Amidst the uncertainty of the past weeks, we’ve found  solace in the natural world – and hope that you have too. Whether you’ve been getting out for a daily walk, spending time in your garden or admiring Spring blossom on your way to work, we’d like you to help us celebrate the joy of local wildlife and wild spaces.

People’s Choice Vote

At the conclusion of the competition the public will be invited to vote online for their favourite Life in Lockdown image. The winning photographer will receive an Explorers Against Extinction goodie bag and an invitation to our autumn event at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

Life in Lockdown – Our Wild World Captured by You

Your photo should feature a local wild space, wildlife that you’ve seen within the parameters of lockdown or something from the natural world.

What have you seen on your way to work, or while working from home? Spring blossom, birds on the windowsill, bumblebees in the garden or foxes under streetlights? Have you been out walking the dog or enjoying a dose of daily exercise at your local wild space, be it a garden, park, country lane, wood or beach?

Share your images HERE and together lets focus on the healing power of nature.

Submission deadline is 31st May 2020. Voting open 1st – 7th June.

Winner Announced

Congratulations to Katie Waddington, the winner of our Life in Lockdown photography competition with her photo ‘The Rise of the Red-Headed Cardinal Beetle’ – Katie scooped 10% of the votes (we had over 1000 votes cast). A goodie bag will be winging its way to Katie along with an invitation to our event in November at the RGS.

Katie said: “It was taken during one of my walks around Winchester as I was appreciating the wildlife that was on my doorstep.”



Many congratulations to the runners-up.

In second place, Sam Pestell with his lovely portrait of a kestrel, ‘Bird’s Eye’. Sam said: “This image was taken in our back garden, where a family of kestrels are living – I was extremely lucky to capture this moment.”

In third place,  Carrie-Anne Goodchild with her tawny owl photograph ‘Watching the Kids Fly the Nest’. Carrie-Anne said: “This photo was taken in Shropshire. Mum was sat opposite keeping an eye on the chicks which were in a tree; Dad was in a nearby coppice, occasionally calling.”

Thank you to everyone who took part. The standard was very high and we really enjoyed seeing everyone’s photos.