Galapagos Conservation Trust Photography Competition 2021

View the winning and shortlisted images from the Galapagos Conservation Trust’s annual photography competition.

Overall 1st place and Birds of Galapagos 1st place: Nazca boobies on Española island. © Leighton Lum/Galapagos Conservation Trust

About the competition

Despite the huge decrease in the number of tourists to Galápagos due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) still had many brilliant submissions which illustrate the beauty of the Islands and the wildlife that live there.

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This year’s judging panel consisted of creative director at Freeborne Media James Honeyborne, professional photographer Jay McLaughlin and director of travel company Aqua-Firma Ralph Pannell.

The overall winning image was award to Leighton Lum with his image of Nazca boobies on Española island.

“The low viewpoint, high dynamic colour and lighting range of this photo make for a very dramatic result that really makes you feel that you are there,” says judge Ralph Pannell.

A Public’s Choice will also be awarded, and members of the public are invited to vote for their favourite image from a selection of images. Each person that submits a vole will also be in the chance of winning a GCT digital adoption of their choice. Voting closes at midnight on 12 August 2021. Find out more about how to vote on the GCT website.

A selection of winning and shortlisted images will feature in GCT’s 2022 calendar.

View the winning photos 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 1st place and Birds of Galapagos 1st place: Nazca boobies on Española island. © Leighton Lum/Galapagos Conservation Trust
Overall 1st place and Birds of Galapagos 1st place: Nazca boobies on Española island. © Leighton Lum/Galapagos Conservation Trust
Overall 2nd place and joint 2nd place Up Close and Personal: Curious sea lion pups on North Seymour Island. © Leighton Lum//Galapagos Conservation Trust
Overall 2nd place and joint 2nd place Up Close and Personal: Curious sea lion pups on North Seymour Island. © Leighton Lum//Galapagos Conservation Trust
Overall 3rd place and Coastal and Marine 1st place: Marina iguana on Santa Cruz island. © Sam Whitton/Galapagos Conservation Trust
Overall 3rd place and Coastal and Marine 1st place: Marina iguana on Santa Cruz island. © Sam Whitton/Galapagos Conservation Trust
1st place Animals in Action: Galápagos land iguana on North Seymour island. © Leighton Lum/Galapagos Conservation Trust
1st place Animals in Action: Galápagos land iguana on North Seymour island. © Leighton Lum/Galapagos Conservation Trust
2nd place Animals in Action: marine iguana on Española island. © Leighton Lum/Galapagos Conservation Trust
2nd place Animals in Action: marine iguana on Española island. © Leighton Lum/Galapagos Conservation Trust
3rd place Animals in Action: Sally lightfoot crab on San Cristobal island. © Leighton Lum/Galapagos Conservation Trust
3rd place Animals in Action: Sally lightfoot crab on San Cristobal island. © Leighton Lum/Galapagos Conservation Trust
2nd place Birds of Galapagos: tree finch on Santa Crus island. © Julie Gregoire/Galapagos Conservation Trust
2nd place Birds of Galápagos: tree finch on Santa Crus island. © Julie Gregoire/Galapagos Conservation Trust
3rd place Birds of Galápagos: black-necked stilts on Isabela island. © Juan Camilo Jaramillo/Galapagos Conservation Trust
3rd place Birds of Galápagos: black-necked stilts on Isabela island. © Juan Camilo Jaramillo/Galapagos Conservation Trust
1st place Landscape: Isabela. © Fisher Houston/Galapagos Conservation Trust
1st place Landscape: Isabela. © Fisher Houston/Galapagos Conservation Trust
2nd place Landscape: lava formations, Santiago island. © Peter Topley/Galapagos Conservation Trust
2nd place Landscape: lava formations, Santiago island. © Peter Topley/Galapagos Conservation Trust
3rd place Landscapes: Kicker Rock/Leon Dormido. © Peter Topley/Galapagos Conservation Trust
3rd place Landscapes: Kicker Rock/Leon Dormido. © Peter Topley/Galapagos Conservation Trust
1st place Up Close and Personal: marine iguana, Española island. © Leighton Lum/Galapagos Conservation Trust
1st place Up Close and Personal: marine iguana, Española island. © Leighton Lum/Galapagos Conservation Trust
Joint 2nd place Up Close and Personal: Galápagos giant tortoise, Santa Crus island. © Leighton Lum/Galapagos Conservation Trust
Joint 2nd place Up Close and Personal: Galápagos giant tortoise, Santa Crus island. © Leighton Lum/Galapagos Conservation Trust
1st place Urban Life: Galápagos sea lion on Isabela island. © Fisher Houston/Galapagos Conservation Trust
1st place Urban Life: Galápagos sea lion on Isabela island. © Fisher Houston/Galapagos Conservation Trust
2nd Place Urban Life: Galápagos sea lion on San Cristobal island. © Juan Jaramillo/Galapagos Conservation Trust
2nd Place Urban Life: Galápagos sea lion on San Cristobal island. © Juan Jaramillo/Galapagos Conservation Trust
3rd place Urban Life: Galápagos sea lion on Isabela island. © Claire Herbaux/Galapagos Conservation Trust
3rd place Urban Life: Galápagos sea lion on Isabela island. © Claire Herbaux/Galapagos Conservation Trust
2nd place Coastal and Marine: marine iguana. © Leighton Lum/Galapagos Conservation Trust
2nd place Coastal and Marine: marine iguana. © Leighton Lum/Galapagos Conservation Trust
3rd place Coastal and Marine: marine iguana on Isabela island. © Juan Jaramillo/Galapagos Conservation Trust
3rd place Coastal and Marine: marine iguana on Isabela island. © Juan Jaramillo/Galapagos Conservation Trust