A photography competition open to all, focused on global sustainability. Deadline: Friday 31 March 2017.
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Local focus, global challenges

A photography competition open to all, focused on global sustainability
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View 2015 winners

Sustainability challenges are global, but affect us locally.  

Rail lines under increasing threat as sea levels rise, meaning South West of England could be disrupted for more than ten per cent of each year by 2040, bee numbers in decline globally due to habitat loss, pesticide use, and disease, and tiny plastic microbeads being released into waste water during each use of a domestic washing machine, with many of them likely to pass through sewage treatment and into the environment. 

These are some of the greatest sustainability challenges we face today.

This competition opens on Monday 16 January 2017, and closes on Friday 31 March. 

Competition categories

This competition asks you to photograph environmental and sustainability challenges in the following categories: 

  • Sustainable Plymouth
  • Sustainable South West
Themes within these categories include but are not limited to food, health and wellbeing, education, clean air and water, energy, and growth.


  • Student winner: £100 photography voucher
  • Staff winner: £100 photography voucher
  • Public winner: £100 photography voucher and 2 free places at Sustainable Earth 2017 (29 and 30 June, Plymouth University)
Visit the website for more information

Submission instructions

Your photo, along with a 200 (max) word summary of how your photo represents sustainability should be sent to Kirsty Henderson no later than 12 noon on Friday 31 March 2017. Please send your email as an attachment or as a link on a file hosting website. 

Please include the following information in your submission:

  • Full name and email address
  • Contact number
  • Title of your photo
  • Which category you are entering (Sustainable South West or Sustainable Plymouth)
  • If you're a staff, student or a member of the public

Winners will be announced Monday 5 June 2017.

Terms and conditions are available on the website

Image from Sustainable Earth 2016

2015 winners

We are delighted to be able to open this competition for the first time to members of the public. In 2015 the staff and student competition received numerous outstanding entries, but the judges decided unanimously on the winner, Dave Gilvear, for his picture 'Salmon Fishing for the Future'.

Find out more and see the winners from the 2015 competition

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