Earth Photo launches its 2020 competition

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The 2020 Earth Photo photography competition has opened for entries.

Elisabetta Zavoli, The Landfill Midwife, First Prize of Earth Photo 2019
Elisabetta Zavoli, The Landfill Midwife, First Prize of Earth Photo 2019

Run by Forestry England and the Royal Geographical society, the competition seeks to celebrate images that showcase the stories of beauty and fragility that can be found in the natural world. The purpose underpinning the Earth Photo competition is to encourage conversations about the environment, biodiversity, natural resources, climate change and humanity.

Series Producer of Blue Planet and Planet Earth, Alastair Forthergill has commented on the importance of photography and film to inspire action and change among humans.

“Never has it been more urgent to capture the changing beauties of the natural world. We need these images to inspire people to protect what remains and as a record for future generations.”

Open to photographers of all ages and skill levels, national or international, the 2020 Earth Photo competition is looking for film and photography submissions that describe ‘People,’ ‘Place,’ ‘Nature’ or ‘Changing Forests.’ To mark COP26, the 2020 UN climate change summit in Glasgow, Earth Photo has also added a new ‘Climate Change’ category to the competition. 

Selected images will be exhibited in London at the Earth Photo exhibition at the Royal Geographic Society, with the Institute of British Geographers, from June to August 2020. The selected photos will also go on a national tour to Forestry England forests: Dalby Forest, Grizedale Forest and Moors Valley in the UK.

Award-winning photographer Marissa Roth will chair the expert panel judging the competition, which is made up of photographers, curators, geographers, environmentalists and writers.

 The 2020 judging panel:

  • Marissa Roth, Photographer and Fellow, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
  • Matthew Arnold, Photographer
  • Katie Burton, Editor of Geographical Magazine, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
  • Tim Flach, Photographer
  • Vron Harris, Lecturer and artist
  • Magdalena Herrera, Director of Photography, Geo Magazine France 
  • Simon Norfolk, Photographer
  • Michael Pritchard, Director, Education and Public affairs, Royal Photographic Society

The winners of each of the five categories will be announced in June 2020, with prizes going to each winner and to a selected short film entry.

Entrants are invited to submit up to 10 photos or films online by 7 April 2020. You can enter here. 

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