ECOS Student Article Competition 2017

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Do you have an interest in the conservation of nature?
Do you have something to say about it?
Do you want us to help you say it?

ECOS, published by the British Association of Nature Conservationists, provides leading edge comment on policies and debates and challenges in nature conservation.
The journal is widely read by people involved in conservation across Britain. This is your chance to influence them and build your profile as you begin your career.

All submitted articles will be included on a register on the ECOS-BANC website. This archive will be maintained and will hold all entries that pass the judges’ standard.
Six commended articles will be published in a special edition of ECOS in September 2017. Alongside this, all submitted articles which our editorial team feel have something valuable to say about conservation will be published on BANC’s website.

Why enter?

ECOS is a widely-read journal of conservation established in 1980. Our readers include conservation practitioners, academics and students, environmental consultants, NGOs, and more than 50 universities and colleges.


Conservation Careers provides advice and support for conservationists and ecologists. Our prize winners will enjoy access to the site’s resources, plus bespoke personal coaching for our competition winner.

Green&Blue’s bee block is a stylish home for bees in your garden, and a great way to celebrate your success in the competition.

First prize

Second prize: 

Recognized by Judges prize

Conservation Careers Owl membership for 6 months; bee block from Green&Blue. Plus, 1 year free membership of the British Association of Nature Conservationists, publishers of ECOS: A Review of Conservation

We are grateful to Conservation Careers and Green&Blue for the provision of these prizes.


How to enter

Want to read some example ECOS articles to help you? Please visit our Open Access page to sample ECOS for free, or consider joining BANC to get free access to the whole archive.

Who can submit an article?

If you are an HND, undergraduate or postgraduate student at any UK academic institution, or if you completed a course within the past year, you are eligible and we’d be pleased to have your contribution.

What are we expecting?

We are looking for thought-provoking, original essays on any aspect of nature conservation. The maximum word count we can accept is 1500.

For detailed information, download our competition guidelines here.

The competition closing date is 30 June 2017. Download the competition guidelines to find out how to send us your entry.

Judges and announcement of winners

The six selected highly commended articles will be published in the September 2017 issue of ECOS. If your submission is one of the highly commended articles, we will let you know before the journal is published.

Commended articles, which will appear in our online archive, will be published from September 2017 onwards.

Our competition judges are:

  • Mathew Frith, Director of Conservation at London Wildlife Trust
  • Francine Hughes, Reader in Wetland Ecology and Conservation at Anglia Ruskin University
  • Martin Spray, academic and former ECOS editor