***NOW CLOSED*** STUDENT COMPETITION! Words & Pictures for Your World

The 'Words & Pictures for Your World' Competition is now closed! Thankyou to all who have entered. We are currently working behind the scenes to shortlist your entries, and successful cadidates will be contacted in September! Get ready to vote for your winners by signing up to our 'You' tab and sharing with friends and family!

Your world, your future… collaborate to create an anthology about your planet. A perfect, creative and self-directed end of year activity for all year groups – students unite for the protection of the natural world!

Enter Planetary’s exclusive competition in partnership with the UK Schools Sustainability Network (“UKSSN”), supported by Global Action Plan, PPL PWR, Let’s Go ZeroTransform Our World, the ACE Working Group of YOUNGO and The National Education Union.


We are inviting budding poets, artists and photographers to submit their most engaging and creative work for publication in a new student-led collaborative anthology to give a voice to eco-conscious youth. The anthology, ‘Words and Pictures for Your World’, will be based around five categories aligning with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (the ‘SDGs’), and will be launched later this year to coincide with and celebrate COP26 – the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place in Glasgow in November.

We are looking for words and pictures that we can link together in the anthology. The pictures can take the form of traditonal art or own relevant photography to create an extraordinary collection of the written word and visual imagery by students, for the planet. Inspiration for entries can be found on our Learn and Solutions web pages, and download our handy poster from the resources below to spread the word!

Independent UKSSN panels will review all valid entries submitted by schools or students to create three shortlists per year group, one for poetry, one for traditional art (paintings, drawings, sketches etc.) and one for photography. The winning submissions for publication in the anthology will be decided by a voting poll on the Planetary website later in the year. The foreword of the anthology has been provided by the British author of the best-selling book, ‘Wilding’, and owner of the renowned Knepp Castle Estate, Isabella Tree.

The overall winner of each category as voted for by web poll will also be able to claim the grand prize of a two-day visit to two of West Sussex’s premier attractions for themselves and a parent or guardian. First, accompanied by a representative of the Goodwood Education Trust, you will tour the world-renowned Goodwood Estate, to include their organic Home Farm, Goodwood Park, and Goodwood House, followed by complimentary dinner and an overnight stay at the award-winning Goodwood Hotel. On day two, go wild on a guided safari at Isabella Tree’s 3500-acre Knepp Wildland, with roaming herds of red and fallow deer, Exmoor ponies, Tamworth pigs, old English longhorn cattle, and white storks!


The competition is open to all secondary school students in the year groups 7-13 and international students of equivalent school years.

We are looking for entries in the following categories:

  1. Poetry
  2. Traditional Art (drawings/sketches/paintings)
  3. Own Photography


You may submit one entry, per category, per person.  Please send all entries by email to before 5pm on Sunday 8th August 2021, with the phrase ‘COP26 Anthology Comp’ and your name, year group and category as follows:

E.g. ‘COP26 Anthology Comp – John Smith -Year 7 – Poetry’

Please note that a separate email is required for each entry.

Within the main email body for each year group, please include:

  • Your full name
  • Category of each entry (poetry, art or photography)
  • Your school (please also cc. your Art, English or Geography teacher into your email!)
  • Topic/SDG your entry represents

Please also rename any image or document attachments in the following format: Student Name – Year Group – School


All student entries should fit into one of the following topics:


  1. Equality for Everyone – SDG5: Gender Equality, SDG8: Decent Work & Economic Growth, SDG10: Reduced Inequalities, SDG16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions
  2. Guarding the Natural World – SDG14: Life Below Water, SDG15: Life on Land,
  3. Health & Happiness – SDG1: No Poverty, SDG2: Zero Hunger, SDG3: Good Health & Wellbeing, SDG6: Clean Water & Sanitation
  4. Taking Climate Action – SDG4: Quality Education, SDG7: Affordable & Clean Energy, SDG12: Responsible Consumption & Production, SDG13: Climate Action
  5. Building a Better World – SDG9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure, SDG11: Sustainable Cities & Communities, SDG17: Partnerships for the Goals


Pictures should be attached as a single image, ideally JPG/PNG24 format and above 2500 by 3500 pixels. Try to avoid small text and thin lines as these may appear broken in print. The higher the quality, the better the submission will look! Poetry submissions should fit onto one single side of A4 in Times New Roman size 12.  Pieces that have been created by students not specifically for this competition but meet the above requirements will be happily received.

The winning entries will be available to buy as a published anthology after COP26. All winning entries will receive a free copy of the publication, both for themselves and for their school.

Please download and read the full Terms and Conditions below before entering… we can’t wait to see your work!


Posted by Claire Edwards 8 June 2021

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