Galapagos Photography Competition – Categories

Welcome to Galapagos Conservation Trust’s 2022 Galapagos Photography Competition! Please read on to find out about our categories!

We have six categories for you to enter. 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.

Pollen Hunt © Kirsty Macphie (Galapagos carpenter bee)

Galapagos giant tortoise © Leighton Lum

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 - Hunter by © Ivan Dario Vasquez

Hunter © Ivan Dario Vasquez

Galapagos land iguana © Leighton Lum

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

Misty mountain (Isabela) © Fisher Houston

Coastal and Marine:

Celebrate the diversity of Galapagos marine life. 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.

Iguana expelling salt © Juan Jaramillo

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. 

Urban Life Runner Up - Do not disturb © Steven Genesin

Do not disturb © Steven Genesin

Her Royal Highness © Graham Earnshaw

Her Royal Highness © Graham Earnshaw

Birds of Galapagos:

Our final category 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 © Marek Jackowski

A flower for you © Julie Gregoire

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