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Local focus, global challenges A photography competition – The Sustainable Earth Institute – Open to all, focused on global sustainability

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

Sustainable Earth 2016 – 23 and 24 June 2016, Plymouth University

Sustainable Earth 2016 is an event for researchers, businesses, community groups and individuals to come together for two days of inspirational speakers, networking opportunities and creative workshops designed to spark and encourage collaborations for a sustainable Earth.

Why attend Sustainable Earth 2016?

  • Chaired by Professor Iain Stewart, Director of Sustainable Earth Institute.
  • Keynote speakers include: Sir Mark Walport (UK Government Chief Scientist), Wendy Darke (BBC Natural History Unit), Craig Bennett (CEO, Friends of the Earth), and Anthony Hobley (CEO, Carbon Tracker).
  • Hear from leading organisations including Salvation Army, Environment Agency, Plymouth Energy Community, Westcountry Rivers Trust, Langage Farm, University of Iceland and Plymouth University.
  • Discuss ideas and thoughts with top researchers and organisations in a marketplace breakout session.
  • Take part in reflective activities including a visit to a solar farm, workshops with globally renowned researchers and a tour through the universe.
  • Network with individuals, companies and organisations over a buffet lunch and evening meal.
  • Listen to poet, Matt Harvey and musical delights, The Q-dettes.

Find out more including a full agenda, list of speakers and booking information on the website: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/institutes/sustainable-earth/sustainable-earth-2016



Open call for papers

You are invited to participate in, Sustainable Earth 2016 – a global forum for connecting research with action taking place on 23 and 24 June 2016 at Plymouth University.

Sustainable Earth 2016 builds upon the annual Plymouth University sustainability research event, held since 2012, but this year we want to make it bigger and better! This year we are inviting papers from the academic community on sustainability research and also organisations interested in highlighting their sustainability related activity and where universities can help in the future.

If you are interested in profiling your sustainability research or initiative and connecting with like-minded people then this forum is for you!

Submission deadline: 28 February 2016