Sketch for Survival is a global art initiative in aid of conservation.

Sketch for Survival is an annual fundraising initiative. Artists from all around the world are invited to submit an original artwork featuring a threatened species or wild space to our free-to-enter competition. Anyone can enter – professional or amateur.

100 artworks from all submissions, as selected by our panel, are exhibited alongside the work of professional and celebrity artists during our autumn exhibition tour, which includes venues in London and Edinburgh.

The exhibition collection is then sold by online auction in November. All proceeds from Sketch for Survival go to our Project Fund which supports nominated frontline projects across the globe.

To find out more about the Sketch for Survival art competition please visit the dedicated competition page here>>>


Submissions for Sketch for Survival 2024 open  1 February – 30 June.

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All artworks in our exhibition collection have a conservation story to tell, helping to raise awareness about extinction as well as funds to fight it.

Sketch for Survival artworks feature species listed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List – the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species. Most have a categorisation of Vulnerable, Endangered or Critically Endangered which means they face a high risk of extinction in the wild.

As a direct result of our arts initiatives we have donated half a million dollars to frontline conservation projects around the world.

Sketch for Survival artworks have been exhibited in prestigious venues including the Explorers Club, New York; The Royal Geographical Society in London,  and COP26 in Glasgow, where they were displayed in the Blue Zone including in the Leaders’ Lounge (pictured).

The idea behind Sketch for Survival.

Browse artwork by previous Sketch for Survival competition finalists.

Find out more about some of our celebrity sketchers.

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