Galapagos Photography Competition 2023

Galapagos Conservation Trust’s annual photography competition

Welcome to the Galapagos Conservation Trust’s 2023 Galapagos Photography Competition!

We are very pleased to announce our four outstanding judges for this year’s competition.

Mark Carwardine is a zoologist, environmental activist, award-winning writer, TV and radio presenter, wildlife photographer, best-selling author, wildlife tour operator and leader, lecturer, and magazine columnist. Mark co-presented the BBC series ‘Last Chance to See’ with Stephen Fry, and was Chairman of the Judging Panel of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition for seven years. He was also picked as one of the ‘world’s best photographers’ for the COP26 climate change conference held in Glasgow in 2021.

Jo Haley has been making documentaries for 12 years, working on landmark wildlife programmes including ‘Planet Earth 2’, ‘Dynasties’ and ‘Seven Worlds: One Planet’. Her next venture is the BBC’s forthcoming series ‘Blue Planet III’. She has directed wildlife shoots across five continents, and has spent eight months shooting on location in Galapagos, capturing everything from the tortoises of Alcedo and the vampire finches of Wolf to the sea lions of Santa Fe and the diving iguanas of Fernandina.

Walter Perez is a professional photographer and naturalist who has been working in Galapagos for over two decades. Born in a small town in mainland Ecuador, Walter made his first trip to the Islands at the age of 12, and has been working as a naturalist guide for over 15 years. Walter is co-author of ‘Galápagos: Life in Motion’, published by Princeton University Press in 2018.

Edwina Lonsdale is co-owner and managing director of Mundy Adventures, a London-based travel agency specialising in small ship expedition cruises. Edwina’s distinguished 40-year career in travel has taken her to incredible wildlife destinations including the Galapagos Islands, the Arctic and Costa Rica.

Galapagos Conservation Trust’s annual photography competition celebrates the wonders of the Galapagos Islands, while also raising awareness of the environmental issues that affect the Archipelago’s unique wildlife. With tourist numbers in Galapagos returning to pre-pandemic levels, GCT is encouraging those who have been lucky enough to visit to
send in their photos.

We have six categories and four fantastic judges, including award-winning writer, broadcaster and wildlife photographer Mark Carwardine.


The overall winner of the competition will receive:

- A pair of Celestron Ultima binoculars *
- A year’s free membership of GCT
- A copy of GCT’s 2024 calendar
- Their winning image included in the 2024 calendar (if landscape format)
- 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 2024 calendar.

If you don’t win, don’t worry! Your image may still make it into our 2024 calendar!

* Only available for UK shipping


Open to all; photos must be taken in the Galapagos Archipelago or Marine Reserve

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Photographers retain the copyright of any entered photos. Your entry into this photography competition constitutes your agreement to grant the Galapagos Conservation Trust (a) a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, and publicly display the photographs you submit to the Galapagos Conservation Trust, for use in any Galapagos Conservation Trust publication or webpage related to the Photographic Competition, and to be used in Galapagos Conservation Trust promotions, including, but not limited to, advertising future photographic competitions, publications from GCT or other organisations, exhibitions, future marketing materials and campaigns, webpages, email bulletins and to raise funds for GCT (i.e. your image may appear on materials we sell e.g., cards, calendars, books, prints etc.); and (b) the right to use your name, occupation, city, state and country of residence in any publication. We will endeavour to ensure that your images are always duly credited but are unable to take responsibility should your name be omitted.


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