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Galapagos Conservation Trust announces 2018 Galapagos Photography Competition

2017 first place overall winner: Walking on water (Storm petrel) © McKenna Paulley/GCT

2017 Animal Portrait second place: Welcome (Land iguana) © Sheri Vandermolen/GCT

The Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) is pleased to announce that their 2018 Galapagos Photography Competition is open for entries, with a closing date of Friday 8 June 2018.

The competition will celebrate the beauty of the Islands, and aims to raise awareness of the environmental issues that affect the wildlife and communities who live there.

2017 first place Botanical winner: Prickly Pear Cactus, South Plaza © Eric Williams/GCT

Professional photographers Tui de Roy and Paul Sansome will be judging the competition, along with Galapagos Conservation Trust's President, Monty Halls.

Winner of the 2017 Galapagos Photography Competition was a storm petrel, by McKenna Paulley. Monty Halls said that it was an “outstanding photograph with such detail, right down to the droplets of water.”

He added: “It's almost impossible to take a bad photograph in Galapagos – the stark beauty of the islands, the deep blue of the water and equatorial skies, and of course the unique wildlife, make it a photographer's dream.”

In addition to the winners selected by the judges, the organisation will be holding a public vote to find the 'Public's Choice'. A selection of the winning and short-listed images will feature in the GCT's 2019 calendar, and will be displayed at Galapagos Day at the Royal Geographical Society in October 2018. The prize for the overall winner will include free membership to GCT for a year and a signed copy of Henry Nicholl's book The Galapagos.

To find out more, including how to enter the competition, click here or email

Land iguana
Prickly pear cactus
Storm petrel

The Galapagos Photography Competition has been run by GCT since 2001, and last year's competition attracted entries from the across the UK, Europe, North America and South America.

Entries for 2018 are invited for a number of different categories – including Animal Portrait, Animal Behaviour, Botanical, Landscape and Man in the Archipelago – allowing photographers to demonstrate their skills at wildlife photography, capturing landscapes or cataloguing human activity.

2017 third place: Siempre Angelito VI © Andres Eduardo Paredes Buenaño/GCT

Galapagos boat