Focus For Survival – Wildlife Photographic Exhibition Autumn 2019

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  • September 30, 2019
I am delighted to share that “Waka Waka” my image of a young endangered mountain gorilla, will be featured in the Explorers Against Extinction, touring UK exhibition this autumn.  The tour offers the chance to see a wonderful collection of both wildlife artworks and photography.

Focus for Survival is the new photography element of the hugely popular annual Sketch for Survival exhibition and sale of wildlife art in aid of wildlife conservation projects. Focus for Survival and Sketch for Survival are part of a wider conservation campaign called Explorers against Extinction organised by UK charity The Real World Conservation Trust.

The aim is to raise awareness about the threats facing endangered species and to raise funds to protect wildlife and wild spaces.

    • Sketch for Survival comprises 26-minute sketches and other original artworks depicting endangered wildlife from around the world and donated by the professional art community as well as by celebrities including Stephen Fry, Dames Judi Dench and Helen Mirren, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Richard E Grant, Nick Park, Mary Berry and Frederick Forsyth. 26-minute sketches because an elephant is poached every 26 minutes.
    • Focus for Survival comprises 13 wildlife images from professional wildlife photographers.

Exhibiting the collection helps to raise awareness about species extinction as well as raising funds to safeguard wildlife and empower communities to fight wildlife crime.

In 2018 the collection sold, via online auction, for over £58,000.

This year’s Focus for Survival gallery features 13 wildlife images from 10 invited professional wildlife photographers alongside 3 ‘Celebrity’ contributors. The collection is a launch pad for a photographic competition called Focus for Survival Introducing that we will run in 2020 to celebrate wildlife and wild spaces.
Images for exhibition in 2019 have been provided by Peter Ian Chadwick, Will Burrard Lucas, Nick Dyer, Robin Moore, Fiona Mackay, Paul Goldstein, Adam Bannister, Margot Raggett and Gucharan Roopra. The ‘Celebrity’ contributors include Levison Wood, Simon Reeve and Gordon Buchanan.
The tour will finish on Thursday 14th November with a special evening at the Royal Geographical Society in London – this will be the final chance to view all three collections (Sketch for Survival, SFS Introducing and Focus for Survival) before the fund-raising auction on Sunday 17 November 2019.

Exhibition Venues and Dates:


Explorers against Extinction at The Island

Sketch for Survival, SFS Introducing and Focus for Survival exhibitions.

Wednesday 9 October 2019: 10am – 6pm

Thursday 10 October 2019: 10am – 4.30pm

Free entry.

The Gallery Space, The Island, 1st Floor Bridewell Street, Bristol BS1 2LE


Explorers against Extinction at the Wildlife & Safari Show

Capsule collection exhibited of Sketch for Survival, SFS Introducing and Focus for Survival.

Saturday 12 October 2019: 10am – 5:30pm

Sunday13 October 2019: 10am – 4:30pm

Advance Tickets £6 (use code SFS for complimentary tickets in advance) 

The Wildlife & Safari Show, Harrogate Convention Centre, Kings Road, Harrogate HG1 5LA


Explorers against Extinction at The Crypt Gallery

Sketch for Survival, SFS Introducing and Focus for Survival exhibitions.

Thursday 31 October 2019: 11am – 5pm

Friday 1 November 2019: 11am – 5pm

Saturday 2 November: 11am – 4pm

Free entry.

The Crypt Gallery, Norwich School, Cathedral Close, Norwich NR1 4DD


Sketch for Survival at the Luxury Travel Fair 2019 with Condé Nast Traveller

Explorers against Extinction is delighted to be the official fair charity for the second consecutive year. Enjoy talks and demonstrations as well as seeing the Sketch for Survival, SFS Introducing and Focus for Survival exhibitions.

Thursday 7 November 2019: 10am – 5pm

Friday 8 November 2019: 10am – 5pm

Saturday 9 November 2019: 10am – 5pm

Sunday 10 November 2019: 10am – 4.30pm

Tickets £20.50+ Use our discount code to receive complimentary tickets.  Code: REALAFRICA

Book Tickets Here

Luxury Travel Fair, Olympia Grand, Olympia London, Kensington, W14 8UX


‘On the Edge’ an evening of travel and conservation with special guests at the Royal Geographical Society. 

Thursday 14 November 2019: 7pm – 10pm

Tickets £15+

20% off any tickets to our RGS event with code FFS20 if booked before 4 October 2019. 

Full info & Buy Tickets

Reception in the Map Room and private view of Sketch for Survival by invitation 6-7pm

The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
All the images and artworks in the 2019 exhibition will be included in the fund-raising online auction which concludes on Sunday 17 November 2019.

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