Galapagos Photography Competition

Galapagos Photography Competition

Deadline: June 7, 2020
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: valuable prizes

If you have been lucky enough to visit the Galapagos Islands and have managed to capture some of the Archipelago’s stunning natural beauty through the lens, why not enter our competition and see what the judges think?

Judges of this year’s competition include Series Producer of BBC’s Blue Planet II, Mark Brownlow, science and wildlife presenter and GCT Ambassador, Liz Bonnin, and professional photographer, Jay McLaughlin.

This year’s winner will have their image included in GCT’s 2021 calendar, receive a pair of binoculars courtesy of Opticron and a year’s free membership to Galapagos Conservation Trust.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


The overall winner of the competition will receive:

  • A pair of Opticron binoculars
  • A year’s free membership to GCT
  • A copy of GCT’s 2021 calendar
  • Their winning image included in the 2021 calendar (if landscape)
  • Their winning image featured online and in the competition display at Galapagos Day

The winner of each category will receive a copy of GCT’s 2021 calendar.



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