Earth Photo

Earth Photo

Deadline: April 7, 2020
Entry fee: £15
Prizes: £250, special prize, participation in the exhibition

Earth Photo is an innovative competition and exhibition developed jointly by Forestry England and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) which reflects the organisations’ common interest in enabling a better understanding of the world around us through our complementary disciplines of the Environment and Geography.

Earth Photo will focus on photographs or films which describe one of the following subjects; People, Place, Nature and Changing Forests. We are delighted to announce that for the 2020 exhibition we have a special category; A Climate of Change, to mark COP26, The UN climate change summit in Glasgow in November 2020. Earth Photo invites entries for this new category which enables photographers and film-makers to advance ideas about any dimension of climate change. This work might explore impacts, or efforts to mitigate risks, or to adapt to a changing climate. It might engage with how climate change changes ‘us’.

We believe that photography has a profound national and international influence and that a picture is worth a thousand words; images continue to influence public understanding of the world around us and convey meaning and emotion beyond the barriers of language.

Earth Photo’s main objective is to reveal the story behind the pictures: informing, entertaining and engaging audiences of all kinds and encouraging conversations to begin about their subjects. Earth Photo will enable the viewer not only to appreciate a single or group sequence of images, but also to understand the ‘back story’ to a picture.


The Earth Photo exhibition will be a free exhibition presented to audiences at the Royal Geographical Society, London from June to August 2020 and on a national tour to a number of Forestry England forests.


First Prize: A special prize will be awarded to one outstanding photographer.

Winners will also be selected for each of the categories and awarded £250 each:

  • People
  • Place
  • Nature
  • Changing Forests
  • A Climate of Change
  • A prize will also be awarded for a Short Film

The overall Earth Photo 2020 Winner and all the other prize winners will be announced during the exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society, London. One of the world’s finest collections of photography, artwork and mapping which records over 500 years of travel, people, place and geographical discovery from the 1480s to the present day.


The exhibition and awards will be selected by an expert panel of selectors from the fields of Photography, Film, Geography and Environment. The panel will be chaired by the award winning photographer, Marissa Roth.

Entry Fee

An Entry Fee of £15 will be charged to each entrant.


  • Tuesday 7 April 2020, 10am (BST) – Deadline for entries
  • 30 April 2020 – Results announced
  • 8 May 2020 – High resolution images sent to the organisers
  • 13 June – 20 August 2020 – Indoor exhibition of final images at Royal Geographical Society, London
  • 13 June – TBC – Outdoor exhibition of final images at Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire
  • Autumn 2020 – Indoor exhibition tours to Grizedale, Cumbria
  • Autumn 2020 – Outdoor exhibition tours to Moors Valley, Dorset



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