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18 February, 2019

‘Why invest in nature?’ Short Film Competition launches for 2019

‘Why invest in nature?’ Short Film Competition launches for 2019: Why invest in nature? film competition

Young filmmakers with a passion for nature are being sought for a new competition that aims to encourage businesses to see the benefits of the natural world.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital (SFNC) have joined forces with business, education and the arts industry to offer young people the opportunity to share work inspired by Scotland’s nature.

The short film competition is seeking entries that combine passion and creative talent with the latest facts to make a powerful case for why businesses should invest in nature. 

It aims to reinforce the message that as well as gaining customer loyalty and goodwill by being environmentally-conscious, businesses are also dependent on a healthy natural world, often relying on nature to provide goods and services.

Entries will show that investing in Scotland’s natural assets benefits the whole of society by improving public health and well-being, with businesses an important potential source of innovative ideas to help us all live more sustainably.

Films can use animation, imagery featuring Scotland’s natural capital, interviews or any other video material, and will be judged on how well they make the case for businesses to invest in nature, as well as creativity, innovation and attention to detail.

A cash prize of £1,000 is on offer for the overall winner, with prizes of £500 for the top entries in the competition’s six categories.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said: “Investing in Scotland's natural capital is fundamental to a resilient, low-carbon economy that benefits everyone.

“I look forward to seeing the results produced by our young people and hope this will encourage more businesses to think sustainably for both their own future and Scotland’s nature.”

SNH Chief Executive Francesca Osowska said: “We’re delighted to be working with the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital and all of our partners in this our first film competition. 

“We expect a selection of compelling films which will help us show how Scotland’s economy benefits from our wonderful natural heritage and make the case for all sorts of businesses to get involved in looking after Scotland’s nature.“

David Wood, SFNC Deputy Chair and Senior Policy Director at ICAS, said: “The Scottish Forum on Natural Capital is delighted that this competition will highlight the importance of natural capital and the benefits to companies of investing in natural assets, for themselves and their broader stakeholders. 

“We hope that the examples identified will raise awareness of natural capital and catalyse action across the entire business community, to the benefit of everyone.”

The Why invest in nature? competition has the backing of Scottish Woodlands, Scottish Land & Estates, Baillie Gifford, Scottish Power, Robertson Construction Tayside, Speyside Wildlife, Creative Scotland and Young Scot.


Media enquiries: Contact the SNH press office on 0131 316 2655 or

Audio: An audio clip of SNH Chief Executive Francesca Osowska is available to download below.

Video: A short film showcasing the importance of Scotland's natural capital can be viewed here:

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Notes to editors

The competition is open to those aged 16-30 with a passion for film making. 

The six categories for films are:

  • Food, drink and agriculture (sponsored by Scottish Land and Estates)
  • Forestry and land management (sponsored by Scottish Woodlands)
  • Tourism (sponsored by Speyside Wildlife)
  • Energy (sponsored by Scottish Power)
  • Finance (sponsored by Baillie Gifford)
  • Built environment (sponsored by Robertson Construction Tayside)

The competition is open from the 18 February to 31 May 2019. The winners will be announced in June 2019 with a prize ceremony afterwards.

The winner of each category will receive £500, and out of these six winners we will also announce an overall winner who in total receives £1000.

The winning entries will be screened at an awards ceremony and at business events as well as promoted online.

For more information on the competition guidelines and the submission process, please visit:

Scottish Natural Heritage is Scotland's nature agency. We work to improve our natural environment in Scotland and inspire everyone to care more about it. So that all nature in Scotland - our key habitats and landscapes, all our green space and our native species - is maintained, enhanced and brings us benefits. It is the job of all of us to achieve a balance in the sensitive management of our natural world in order to maintain and enhance biodiversity. For more information, visit our website at or follow us on Twitter at

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Why invest in nature? film competition

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Audio clip - SNH Chief Executive Francesca Osowska launches Natural Capital film competition

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