Image: David Jenner, Splitting The Trees - Bedgebury Pinetum, shortlisted for Earth Photo 2018 


A shortlist of 50 exceptional photographs and films that document the earth in all its diversity, will be presented at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 23 July to 21 September 2018 for the inaugural Earth Photo exhibition. Developed jointly by Forestry Commission England and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), and supported by Cox & Kings and Stanfords, Earth Photo aims to enable a better understanding of the world around us, focussing on four key themes - People, Nature, Place and Change.

The works have been selected from 1280 submissions from 19 different countries by an expert panel of judges from the fields of Photography, Film, Geography and Ecology. The dynamic selection panel comprised: Yvonne Barmettler, Natural History Museum, Basel, Switzerland; Levon Biss, Photographer; Marissa Roth, Photographer; Clare Grafik, Head of Exhibitions, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK; Harry Hook, Photographer; Deborah Ireland, Author and Curator; Simon Norfolk, Photographer; Paul Presley, Editor, Geographical Magazine; Lisa Rebori, Vice President of Collections, The Houston Museum of Natural Science, USA; and Ian Gambles, Director, Forestry Commission England.

“It was a sincere pleasure being a selector for the inaugural Earth Photo competition, as the submissions as a whole were very strong in terms of artistic merit, technical ability and topical relevance. I congratulate all of the photographers for entering their inspired work and thank them for supporting this important photographic competition.” Marissa Roth, Earth Photo selector

Prizes ranging from opportunities with the Forestry Commission England, Discovery Passes and editorial coverage by and inclusion in the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Picture Library will be awarded in a private ceremony in September 2018. Prizewinner categories include: People; Nature; Place; and Change; the Next Generation Award; and the Short Film Award.  

Earth Photo will also tour to Forestry Commission England venues nationwide including Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent (27 July – 1 October 2018); Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire (8 October 2018 – 1 January 2019); and Grizedale Forest in Cumbria (11 October 2018 – 20 January 2019). 

Click here to see the 2018 shortlist and gallery. 

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