Stage One Selection for the 2024 Sketch for Survival competition is now complete! We are thrilled to have received record entries from all over the world, showcasing incredible talent and diversity.

Thank you to all the artists getting involved this year.

The longlist can be found below, along with important information about the next steps.

I have been longlisted.  What do I need to do?

If you have been longlisted – many congratulations! This means your artwork will go forward to Stage Two of selection when the selection panel take a closer look at your artwork during in-person selection in August.

To progress to Stage Two of selection you need to ship your artwork to us.  Please check:

  • It is the same original artwork that was submitted to the competition and is shown below in the longlist.
  • It complies to our size restrictions (A4 or A3) and is UNFRAMED –  please read the Q&A at the bottom of the page for further info/advice.
  • Your artwork is signed on the front and it has your name printed clearly on the back.

Where do I send my artwork?

Explorers Against Extinction

Sketch for Survival

Lower Farm Barns

Lessingham Road

Happisburgh, Norfolk

NR12 0QQ, UK.

Your artwork should reach us by 12 August 2024. Thank you.

Please note: longlisted artists will receive an email from us today – please check your spam/junk folder.


Sketch for Survival Longlist

Congratulations to all the longlisted artists. There are 28 nationalities represented by the longlist including the UK, US, Australia, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Singapore, South Korea, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland and Brazil…

Sketch for Survival – Stage One Q&A

If you have been longlisted and wish to progress to Stage Two of selection you need to ship/mail your artwork to us at:

Explorers Against Extinction

Sketch for Survival

Lower Farm Barns

Lessingham Road


Norfolk NR12 0QQ


Stage Two selection takes place in-person in Norfolk in August – to be considered, please ensure your work reaches us by 12 August 2024

We recommend recycling some stiff cardboard from a box or packet – the card should be slightly larger all around than your artwork.  Place your artwork in between two pieces of card to make a sandwich. This will protect the corners and stop it from being creased. You can use two pieces of tape (preferably paper tape if you have it) to secure the card at each side – this is all that is required. Place the whole thing in a (recycled) envelope or packet and send it to us using the appropriate postal service or courier.

Please think of the environment and try to avoid using single use plastics.

We recycle as much packaging as we can so please don’t get carried away with the tape – it just takes us longer to open the parcels and makes packaging challenging to recycle.

We open many parcels and we really enjoy all the amazing envelope art, notes and cards people include – thank you for taking the time to do this. We usually open parcels on one day a week and we share pictures on our Instagram Story. Once we have opened your parcel we send you an email to confirm its safe arrival.

Couriers can be expensive.

For that reason,  we usually give one month to send your artwork to us.  If you use the regular postal/mailing service in your country then the cost should not be too great. If you have friends taking part you can send your artworks together in one parcel and share the cost.

Please take care packaging your artwork – we recommend some stiff cardboard to prevent the edges from getting damaged – you can recycle cardboard from a box or packet and place your artwork between two pieces to protect it on its journey.

Please try and avoid using single-use plastics and if you do use plastic, please think of the environment and use it sparingly! Thank you.


Please list the contents of your parcel as a document.

Please see other notes below as needed:


If you have listed your contents as a document then there will be no customs to pay and the process is very simple.

If you list your contents as an artwork it can be more complicated. Please specify ‘donation to charity’, and if asked to provide a value on the customs form, we recommend you provide a nominal value, purely to cover the material cost of paint and paper (up to $30USD is reasonable) otherwise we will be charged import tax/duty to receive your parcel. Last year some customs charges were very high and regrettably this year we will have to refuse the parcel.

ID and contact numbers

Our registered UK charity number is 1177505 (if you need it).

Our EORI (Economic Operators Registration and Identification) number is GB025052069000

Our address: Explorers Against Extinction, Sketch for Survival, Lower Farm Barns, Lessingham Road, Happisburgh, Norfolk NR12 0QQ UK

Our telephone number: +44 1692 218189

Charity contact name: Sara White, Trustee

Charity email: [email protected]

Thank you.


You need to print your artwork in A3 or A4 size as per the competition guidelines. Please use good quality printing paper. Please hand-sign the front and print your name on the back. By printing your digital artwork, and hand-signing it you are validating the work as an original piece by you.

Regrettably we are unable to print digital entries for you. If the artwork does not comply to the size restrictions when printed,  it will unfortunately have to be discounted from selection. 


No you do not.

Your artwork should meet the size guidelines provided on the competition page (A3 or A4 size) so you do not need to do anything to it before you send it to us.

Please do protect your artwork in the post – we find a stiff piece of cardboard works very well, or rolled and sent in a tube.

Once selection is complete we mount/frame the artworks as required in our recyclable exhibition frames.


Unfortunately if your artwork does not comply then it will be discounted from selection.

Several artists contact us every year at this stage of the competition about the size of their artwork – the most common situation is that they have gone to send their artwork and realised it is not quite the right size!

If that is YOU, don’t panic, please read on…

Here is a reminder of the size restrictions:

We accept artworks in the following two size categories (landscape or portrait orientation accepted):

A4: Your paper size can be anywhere in the range from 21cm – 23cm (on the short side) by 29.7 cm – 31.7cm (on the long side). Minimum size and visible area – 21 cm by 29.7 cm. 

Please make sure anything important including your signature is within the visible area.

NB.If you measure your work and realise it is a few millimetres smaller than required then please simply include a suitable mount and we will double mount the piece should it be selected for exhibition.




A3:Your paper size can be anywhere in the range from  29.7cm – 31.7cm (on the short side) by 42cm – 44 cm (on the long side). Minimum size and visible area – 29.7cm by 42cm. 

Please make sure anything important including your signature is within the visible area.

NB.If you measure your work and realise it is a few millimetres smaller than required then please simply include a suitable mount and we will double mount the piece should it be selected for exhibition.




**If you are cutting down your artwork,  please be careful not to make it too small. Always leave at least 5mm over the minimum size**

Exceptions to the size rule above:

For unusual mediums (materials such as wood, metal, scratchboard) or two dimensional shapes such as circles and squares, artwork will be accepted so long as the pieces fall into the size range A4 to A3 (c20cm – 45cm permitted range) and will therefore fit into our frames. So for example, a square artwork of 30cm by 30cm would be acceptable. A round artwork with diameter 21cm would be acceptable.

Canvas box frames or unusual mediums which will not fit into our exhibition frames or are not intended for framing,  must be sent to us ready to hang. This means they must have a hook/hanging wire and be ready to put on the wall. If they are not ready to hang or do not fit into our frames as specified above then unfortunately we will be unable to consider them for the exhibition.

Please sign your artwork on the front (usually the bottom right hand corner). Please print your name clearly on the back. Please use the same name you used on the submission form otherwise it can get very confusing!


Yes we do. We open parcels once a week. These are logged and checked against your submission form. We send a group email confirming safe receipt – this is sent to the registered email address (used on the original submission) usually once a week on a Thursday.Please do not email and phone chasing up your artwork until we have had a chance to send out the weekly round-robin confirmation email, thank you. Please check your spam/junk folder.

The second stage of selection will take place in August with choices based on all the eligible artworks received by the deadline. If we receive your artwork but it does not comply to our guidelines then it will not progress in the competition.

100 finalists will be announced on Thursday 5 September on our website.

The 100 will be exhibited and auctioned online during our autumn tour – see Events for schedule.

From the 100, the selection panel will select a shortlist – these will be eligible for The Sketch for Survival 100 Artist of the Year award announced at the Royal Geographical Society in November.

All remaining artworks will be awarded Highly Commended and will be available to browse and buy in our pop up stores in aid of our Project Fund.


All the longlisted artworks will be kept safe at Explorer HQ.

The finalists’ art which is selected for the exhibition tour will be included in our online fundraising auction which ends on Sunday November 17th.

The artwork of the runners-up will be offered for sale both online and at our UK exhibition venues and events. At exhibitions/events they will be  displayed for visitors to browse/buy. Please note, depending on the venue and the space available we sometimes have to rotate the selection – it is not always possible to have every single piece out at every venue/event.

All proceeds from Sketch for Survival artwork supports our Project Fund.

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