Earth Photo exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society

20 August 2018


Open: 23rd July-21st September 2018

A shortlist of 50 photographs and 4 films that document the earth in all its diversity, will be presented at the Royal Geographical Society in London 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.

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.

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 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.

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

29th August 2018 - Open House 


Earth Photo exhibition, led by Alasdair MacLeod, the Society’s Head of Collections with the opportunity to view a selection of rare early photographs from the Society’s own Collection of over 500,000 images.

Free booking required in advance: book here.

Examples of featured work:


5 Christian Aslund Frozen Landscape
Christian Aslund, Frozen Landscape – Hope Bay, Trinity Peninsula, Antarctica 

6 Mark Benham Burnt Aftermath 1 Pines
Mark Benham, Burnt Aftermath #1 Pines – Portugal 

20 Hannah Mauleffinch Barracks of Belgrade  Serbia
Hannah Maule-ffinch, Barracks of Belgrade – Serbia

24 SunBleedingTears001
Yi Sun, Bleeding Tears - Perth, Western Australia


Speaking of his shortlisted film Silbury Hill, Rob Irving said that "‘in winter months, water emerges from several springs adjacent to the hill, filling the basin dug into the chalk used to built it. Symbolically, marshlands represent liminal territory between one state of being and another. Here I have tried to reflect this, quite literally, by the inversion of the image". 

Fabrizio Micchiche’s 4K timelapse of a forest during morning in Spring explores the aesthetic qualities of sun rays and how they move through the forest as the sun rises.

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 
1 Kensington Gore, 

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Main image copyright: Ruben Salgado Escudero, Solar Portraits 02 - Mexico