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International Photography Competition Focus for Survival Initiative in Aid of conversation


You can be a part of Focus for Survival by entering our competition which is open to everyone. The submission phase is 1 February – 30 June annually. Selection runs July-August and the exhibitions September – November

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 the importance of the natural world




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 info@realworldconservation.org.uk**


By sharing the story of your image you’ll be helping to raise awareness about the importance of the natural world.

The competition is an opportunity for the photographer to raise their profile and support frontline conservation projects. In 2021 two of our finalists, Sam Wallace and Celia Kujala, had their images exhibited in the Blue Zone of COP26 in Glasgow


How to Apply


The submission phase runs from February to June.

Simply follow the ‘Apply Here‘ link.

The form is very quick and easy to complete and simply requires you to fill in all the fields on the form.

When you have completed the form you will be asked to attach your image as a jpeg file  – please provide an image 1MB – 4MB in size – we will contact the 15 finalists if we require a larger file for printing/exhibiting.

The title of your file must include YOUR NAME e.g, IMG_6179 Joe Bloggs


Apply Here    More information


How Many Photos I can Enter


A maximum of three photos per photographer.

You will need to submit an online entry form for each entry.




15 finalists are selected from all submissions – these will be announced on 19 August.

  • All the finalists are eligible for our annual People’s Choice Award, an award voted for by the public during October;
  • Finalists’images will be displayed in an online gallery on our website and showcased in a digital display at our exhibition venues, including New York, London and Edinburgh.
  • Special edition charity prints will be offered for sale at £75 each (unframed) + shipping through our pop-up and online gallery with all proceeds to our Project Fund (six prints per image only / 18″ x 12″ size)
  • Three of the finalists’ images will be short-listed by our panel led by award-winning writers/photographers James Lowen and Nori Jemil for the Bradt Guides’ Focus for Survival Photographer of the Year Award announced in November.


Registration Fee


The competition is free-to-enter.


Important Dates


Last Date to Apply 30-June-2022

Results 19-August-2022