Photography Competition – Categories

Welcome to Galapagos Conservation Trust’s Photography Competition! Please read on to find out about our categories!

We have six categories for you to enter, two of which are new for this year’s competition. They are:

Up close and personal:

Illustrate the intricacy or beauty of a plant, or the character and personality of an animal in its Galapagos habitat. Judges will look for careful composition and the pin-sharp focus of close-up or macro photography.

Fire and water - Kevin Purohit

Fire and water © Kevin Purohit

Galapagos snake © Paolo Sacco

Galapagos snake © Paolo Sacco

Animals in action: 

Demonstrate a particular aspect of a Galapagos animal’s natural behaviour. Judges will look for unusual behaviours that are rarely seen, or a common behaviour depicted in an interesting and inspired way.

Animal Behaviour 1st place - Galapagos sea lion with octopus by © Jose Guerrero Vela

Galapagos sea lion with octopus © Jose Guerrero Vela

Animal Behaviour 2nd place - Achoo by © Joseph Sullivan (also Public's Choice 2nd place)

Achoo! © Joseph Sullivan (Marine iguana)

Landscape: 

Highlight the natural beauty of the Galapagos landscape. With its volcanic highlands, sloping forests, rocky shores, cliffs, beaches, lagoons and lava flows, there are plenty of opportunities. Judges will be looking for a breath-taking, unusual or awe-inspiring shot.

Low tide sunset © Joseph J Orsi

Low tide sunset © Joseph J Orsi

Landscape 1st place - Floreana by © Judi Lapsley Miller

Floreana by © Judi Lapsley Miller

Coastal and Marine:

Celebrate the diversity of Galapagos marine life in our new category for 2019/20. Whether you want to dive under the water or stay dry ashore, this category gives you the opportunity to capture all of Galapagos’ incredible marine wildlife. Judges will look for stunning or unusual shots that showcase the wonders of the Galapagos Marine Reserve.

Colourful meal - Johan Van Wyk

Colourful meal by Johan Van Wyk

Spotted eagle ray Harriet Gardiner

Spotted eagle ray © Harriet Gardiner

Urban life:

The human population is growing in Galapagos, and its wildlife is learning to adapt. Your original image could capture locals going about their everyday life, bold animals exploiting the urban habitat or an unexpected scene in an urban setting. 

City bird - Joseph J Orsi

Winner of the Urban category – ‘City bird’ by Joseph J Orsi

Her Royal Highness © Graham Earnshaw

Her Royal Highness © Graham Earnshaw

Birds of Galapagos:

Our final new category for 2019/2020 gives you the opportunity to celebrate the incredible diversity of bird species found in Galapagos. From blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants, to mockingbirds and finches, we want you to showcase just how special the birds of Galapagos really are. 

Flightless cormorant portrait - Marek Jackowski

Flightless cormorant portrait by Marek Jackowski

Espanola mockingbirds by © Jose Guerrero Vela

Espanola mockingbirds by © Jose Guerrero Vela

Enter the Photography Competition – please note our 2019/20 will open on Wednesday 30 October. 

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