Galapagos Photography Competition – Judging and prizes

Welcome to the Galapagos Conservation Trust’s Galapagos Photography Competition! Please read on to find out how the competition is judged, and what you might win.


We are very pleased to announce our four outstanding judges for this year’s competition. Science and wildlife presenter and GCT Ambassador, Liz Bonnin; professional photographer Walter Perez, who has been a Galapagos naturalist guide for more than 15 years; Diego Bermeo, a Galapagos National Park Ranger who teaches photography to the young people of Galapagos; and finally, photography enthusiast Ralph Pannell, the Director of Aqua-Firma.

A selection of the best images from each category will be shortlisted by GCT staff and then passed onto our panel of expert judges. The judges will consider the originality, composition, clarity, technical excellence, overall impact and artistic merit of each the shortlisted images. They will then select an overall winning and runner-up image of the competition, as well as a winner and runner-up in each of the categories.

Following an announcement of the winners, there will be a Public’s Choice vote. This will include all of the winners and runners-up as well as some of the shortlisted images. The public will then get the opportunity to vote for their favourite.


The overall winner of the competition will receive:

  • A year’s free membership to GCT
  • A copy of GCT’s 2023 calendar
  • Their winning image included in the 2023 calendar (if landscape)
  • Their winning image featured online and in the competition display at Galapagos Day (if it is an person event)

The winner of each category will receive a copy of GCT’s 2023 calendar.

If you don’t win, don’t worry! Your image may still make it into our 2023 calendar!

Announcing the winners

Winners will be announced at the earliest date possible after the competition closes. Please bear in mind that our judges travel a lot for work and may be in the field for extended periods of time. We therefore ask your patience on this announcement. The winning and runner-up images for each category will appear on the website and the photographers will be notified by email.

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