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Earth Photo 2023 - Call for Entries

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Established in 2018 by Forestry England, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and Parker Harris, Earth Photo is a world-leading international programme dedicated to engaging with still and moving image makers. Its main objective is to reveal the narratives behind the pictures, encouraging conversations about our world, its peoples, environments, and the changing climate.

What Makes this event different?

Each year, Earth Photo organises an open call followed by an awards presentation, exhibitions, and events. Earth Photo 2023 welcomes work that conveys the world around us and makes us think differently, capturing nature, people, place and space, forests, the land and seascapes, and the varied impacts of, and adaptations to, climate change.

Earth Photo 2023 is calling for entries from still and moving images makers of all ages from anywhere in the world, who have a compelling story to share about our planet. 

Earth Photo is a world-leading international programme aiming to reveal the narratives behind the pictures, encouraging conversations about our world, its peoples, environments, and the changing climate.

Estalblished in 2018 by Forestry England, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and Parker Harris, Earth Photo gives photographers and videographers the opportunity to show their work to a prestigious panel of selectors, win prizes up to £1,000, and take part in the Earth Photo exhibitions: 

  • at the Royal Geographical Society, in London, 
  • in five Forestry England sites, 
  • with Sidney Nolan Trust, at The Rodd, Herefordshire, 
  • and Lishui Photography Culture Centre, China. 

There is a wide range of awards photographers and filmmakers will have the chance to win: 

  • Earth Photo 2023: £1,000 for an outstanding photography project that tells a compelling story about life on our planet.
  • Climate of Change: £500 for a project that explores the impacts of climate change upon people, environments, and wildlife or showing resilience and innovative adaptations resulting in positive actions. 
  • Forest Ecosystem: £500 for an extraordinary submission relating to trees, forest ecosystems, ecologies, workers, inhabitants, guardians of the forest, forest biodiversity, resilience, climate impacts and communities. 
  • Moving Image Award: £500 for the strongest moving image work that tells a compelling story about life on our planet. 
  • We the Forest: £200 and publication in an upcoming forests, science and art focused book by Forestry England in partnership with Cultureshock. 
  • David Wolf Kaye Future Potential Awards: Awarded to two practitioners under the age of 25 – one for stills photography and one for moving image. The winners will each receive a cash prize of £250 towards the cost of their next project, as well as mentoring by a leading photographer or filmmaker.
  • Sidney Nolan Trust Prize: Founded by the famous Australian modernist Sir Sidney Nolan, the Sidney Nolan Trust is delighted to be an Earth Photo exhibition tour partner in 2023 and to offer a new residency prize to one UK based practitioner. The two-week residency at Nolan’s former home The Rodd will offer unique access to the artist’s important photographic archives and will be awarded for internationally relevant storytelling and innovation.

All participants selected for the final Earth Photo 2023 Shortlist will: 

  • Feature in the Earth Photo 2023 website gallery at www.earthphoto.world.
  • Have an opportunity to appear in the New Scientist’s weekly double-page photo spread, Aperture.
  • Have an opportunity to take part in the Earth Photo exhibitions.

Individuals and collectives are encouraged to submit up to 10 images, as singles or a series. Projects need to have been created within the last five years. In addition to photography, Earth Photo welcomes short films between five seconds and five minutes long.

Entry is by online submission, and the deadline is Tuesday 2 May 2023, 5PM (BST).

There is an entry fee of £15 for each entrant. 

The application portal is via: https://new.artopps.co.uk/opportunities/earth-photo 


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