Win a Cash Prize of €50,000 For Nature Conservationists in the Future for Nature Awards 2021 (Ages 18-35)

Are you a young (between 18 to 35 years old) and dedicated nature conservationist committed to protecting species of wild animals and plants? Do you combine passion with action to create concrete results in nature conservation? Are you the future for nature?

Then submit an application for the Future for Nature Awards 2021, and be the lucky winner to go home with £50,000 and the prestigious FFN award.

Application Deadline: September 1 2021


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  • The winners each receive 50,000 euro and the prestigious FFN Award. The winners may spend the money at their own discretion in the service of nature conservation; after all, they know better than anyone where the money is most needed.  Additionally, Future For Nature offers much more than one-off financial support.


The following criteria must be met to be eligible to apply and will be used in the selection procedure for the Future For Nature Award winners.

The candidate:

  • Must be born on or after the 31st May 1986 and before the 31st of May 2003.
  • Has achieved substantial and long-term benefit to the conservation status of one or more animal or plant species.
  • Has demonstrated commitment, determination, and passion for conservation work.
  • Has demonstrated leadership, entrepreneurship, and a clear view on conservation work.
  • Has been creative and innovative in his/her work.
  • Has demonstrated to be honourable in the conservation work performed.
  • Must be determined to continue his/her conservation work, as the Award aims to stimulate the winner’s future work. It is not an “end of career” prize.
  • Is able to explain his/her conservation work in proficient English (written and spoken).
  • The award should be used for a conservation initiative of the winner’s own choice and implemented by him/her.
  • The award should be used for the conservation of animal or plant species. The conservation initiative can involve a component of (fundamental) research, but this should not be the main focus. The relevance of the proposed activities to species conservation and the practical impact should be made clear.

Additional Remarks

  • Winners will present their work at the Future For Nature Award event at Royal Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands. The event will take place in May 2022. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Future For Nature Foundation.
  • Future For Nature will not allow administrative deductions to be made or claimed by mother organisations.
  • From all applications 6 to 10 nominees will be selected. These applicants will be asked to provide additional information (written info, photos, video), which will be used to select the final three Award.

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Application Instructions

From all applications, 6 to 10 nominees would be selected. These applicants would be asked to provide additional information (written info, photos, video) which will be used to select the final three award.

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About the Future for Nature Awards 2021

The Future For Nature Award is a prestigious international award that celebrates tangible achievements in protecting wild animal and plant species.

The Future For Nature aims to:

  • Reward and fund individuals for their outstanding efforts in the protection of species of wild animals and plants
  • Stimulate Award winners to sustain their dedicated work
  • Help winners to raise their profile, extend their professional network and strengthen their funding basis

Winning the FFN Award gives the winners international recognition for their work and opens doors that were previously closed.

FFN offers the winners a platform and brings their stories to the attention of conservationists, financiers and a wide audience, allowing them to increase their impact and gain more access to funds.

We also give the (former) winners an extra stage via the Future For Nature Academy. This is an independently functioning committee, which is active in several Dutch cities for and by students with the aim of inspiring students to become active in nature conservation and to offer them resources such as lectures, networking and workshops.

FFN is building a growing Family of (previous) winners, dedicated people who form a community of like-minded people. FFN offers them the opportunity to meet each other and continue to learn with each other in order to continue their fight for nature as efficiently and effectively as possible.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

  • Deadline for Application is September 1 2021.

Selection Process

Step 1: A call for candidates is published on the Future For Nature (FFN) website and Facebook page (June/July)

Step 2: After the deadline of submission (mid-September), the FFN Office sends all eligible applications to the National Selection Committee (NSC). Criteria for eligibility can be found on the Application Criteria Page.

Step 3: The members of the NSC assess the applications of which 6 to 10 candidate nominees are selected.

Step 4: After approval by the Board the nominees are requested to provide further information (written information, photos, video, extended reference statements).

Step 5: The information received from the nominees is sent to the International Selection Committee (ISC). Each ISC member scores the candidates and gives a qualitative evaluation. ISC members are also entitled to oppose the nomination of a specific candidate.

Step 6: Based on averaging the results of the ISC members the FFN Office ranks the candidates.

Step 7: The Board decides on the top three candidates being eligible as a winner of the Future For Nature Award. Subsequently, the Future For Nature Office will communicate to the Selection Committees and to all others concerned about the winners.

Note: In case a member of one the Selection Committees faces a conflict of interest regarding a nominee, he/she is omitted from evaluating this candidate.

Past Winners

  • Monica Torres: Guatemala
  • Mohsen Rezaie-Atagolipour : Iran
  • Iroro Tanshi : Nigeria
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