The 2019 Earth Science Week photography competition

There’s three months to go until this year’s Earth Science Week, which can only mean one thing – the return of the Earth Science Week photo competition!

Previous years have seen a host of stunning entries, and we’re hoping for more of your amazing geological images this year, as part of our celebrations of the geology of the UK & Ireland. 2019 sees a change to the usual rules – to celebrate our theme of ‘Geoscience is for everyone’, we’re opening up entries to images of geology from anywhere in the world!

The twelve winning images will be displayed at the Geological Society’s HQ in Burlington House throughout Earth Science Week – and as often as we can during the ensuing year – as well as featuring in our popular Earth Science Week calendar.

Previous winners have also featured prominently in the media, including in The Guardian, The BBC and the Daily Mail, to name a few!

Last year’s winning image, ‘Bow Fiddle Rock’ by Andy Leonard

Geoscience is for everyone

This year’s Earth Science Week theme is ‘Geoscience is for everyone’ – whether you’re into mountains, volcanoes, minerals, fossils or climate change, whether you want to attend lectures, run school geoscience clubs or simply stargaze from a window, geoscience can be done anywhere and is for everyone!

This year’s photo competition is celebrating the theme by inviting images of the geology all around us from anywhere in the world. Send us pictures of geology where you live, a favourite holiday destination, a place you’ve studied or worked at, or somewhere that inspires you! Whatever you choose, please submit your photographs with a few lines about the subject of your image and/or what the site means to you.

2019 photo competition terms and conditions


As well as being displayed at the Geological Society, winning photographs will all feature in our 2020 calendar, with full credit. In addition, first, second and third prizes will be awarded:

1st prize: £100
2nd prize: £50
3rd prize: £25

All 12 winners will also receive a collection of geological goodies, a copy of the calendar, and a year’s free subscription to Geoscientist magazine.

Last year’s second placed image, ‘Stepping Stones’ by Nigel Bell

The rules

The competition is free to enter, and open to all. You may submit as many photographs as you like, featuring geology from anywhere in the world.

Photographs must be submitted electronically, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, ideally landscape format, and large enough to be featured in a print calendar (minimum dimensions: 216mm x 154 mm).

Please include with your entry:

  • The title of the photograph
  • The location of the photograph
  • A short explanation of the subject of the image/ what it means to you

Entries must be emailed to by 9am on the closing date, Monday 23rd September. 

2019 photo competition terms and conditions

Good luck! And for more information about Earth Science Week, and applying for a grant to run events, see our website

Last year’s third placed image, ‘The Colours of Iron’ by Ursula Lawrence

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