Galápagos Conservation Trust Photography Competition 2019

See the winning and shortlisted images from the Galápagos Conservation Trust’s annual photography competition.

A pair of Sally-lightfoot crabs cling to volcanic rocks on the coast of Santiago Island

Runner-up of the Up Close and Personal category - 'Sally-lightfoot crabs'. © Kevin Purohit/Galápagos Conservation Trust

About the competition

Recognising the Galápagos archipelago as one of the most ecologically important places in the world, the Galápagos Conservation Trust (GCT) works with local communities to protect the unique biodiversity of the islands.

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Its annual photography competition celebrates the beauty of the archipelago, while raising awareness of the environmental issues faced by its native animals.

Winning and shortlisted images will be featured in the GCT’s 2020 calendar, and will be displayed at the Royal Geographical Society for Galápagos Day on 30 October 2019.

Wildlife expert Mark Carwardine will host the day, and will be joined by speakers discussing ever-pressing issues faced by the archipelago, including plastic pollution, reintroduction of species such as the Galápagos land iguana, and the impact of invasive species.

To find out more about the competition and the event, visit the GCT website.

The winning images from previous years: 

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To view the images as a slideshow, click on the arrows in the top right-hand corner of the photos below.

Overall winner - 'Reflections' by © Joe Sullivan/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Overall winner – ‘Reflections’. © Joe Sullivan/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Overall 2nd Place and winner of the Landscape category - 'Isabela' by © Federico Viegener/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Overall 2nd place and winner of the Landscape category – ‘Isabela’. © Federico Viegener/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Overall 3rd Place and runner up in the Animal Behaviour category - 'Circle of life'. © Millie Kerr/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Overall 3rd place and runner-up in the Animal Behaviour category – ‘Circle of life’. © Millie Kerr/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Winner of the Animal Behaviour category - 'Colourful meal'. © Johan Van Wyk/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Winner of the Animal Behaviour category – ‘Colourful meal’. © Johan Van Wyk/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Winner of the Underwater category - 'Swimming mate'. © Joseph J Orsi/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Winner of the Underwater category – ‘Swimming mate’. © Joseph J Orsi/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Winner of the Urban category - 'City bird'. © Joseph J Orsi/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Winner of the Urban category – ‘City bird’. © Joseph J Orsi/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Joint runner up of the Urban category - 'Do not disturb!'. © Olivia Suzuki/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Joint runner-up of the Urban category – ‘Do not disturb!’. © Olivia Suzuki/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Joint runner up for Urban category - 'Sleeping sea lion'. © Jake Roberts/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Joint runner-up for Urban category – ‘Sleeping sea lion’. © Jake Roberts/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Winner of the Up Close and Personal category - 'Curious sea lions'. © Marcel Gross/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Winner of the Up Close and Personal category – ‘Curious sea lions’. © Marcel Gross/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Runner-up of the Up Close and Personal category - 'Sally-lightfoot crabs'. © Kevin Purohit/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Runner-up of the Up Close and Personal category – ‘Sally-lightfoot crabs’. © Kevin Purohit/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Winner of the Environmental Threats category - 'Blue-footed booby path'. © Donna Johnson/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Winner of the Environmental Threats category – ‘Blue-footed booby path’. © Donna Johnson/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Winner of the Young Photographer category - 'Red on black'. © Oliver Reynolds/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Winner of the Young Photographer category – ‘Red on black’. © Oliver Reynolds/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Runner up of the Young Photographer category - 'The Iguana'. © Camilo Idrobo/Galápagos Conservation Trust
Runner-up of the Young Photographer category – ‘The Iguana’. © Camilo Idrobo/Galápagos Conservation Trust
'Flightless cormorant portrait'. © Marek Jackowski/Galápagos Conservation Trust
‘Flightless cormorant portrait’. © Marek Jackowski/Galápagos Conservation Trust
'Between earth and sky'. © Kevin Purohit/Galápagos Conservation Trust
‘Between earth and sky’. © Kevin Purohit/Galápagos Conservation Trust
'Behind bars'. © Caroline Marmion/Galápagos Conservation Trust
‘Behind bars’. © Caroline Marmion/Galápagos Conservation Trust