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Flamingo in water, Galapagos

Photographing the


'Between earth and sky' © Kevin Purohit. Galapagos Conservation Trust

Each year a photography competition run by Galapagos Conservation Trust showcases the beauty and nature of the islands. Here are this year's winners

Each year, the Galapagos Photography Competition – run by Galapagos Conservation Trust – celebrates the unique and extraordinary beauty of the Galapagos Islands, while raising awareness of the environmental issues that affect the wildlife and communities who live there.

This year, judges Jonathan Green, founder of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project, and Tui de Roy, award-winning wildlife photographer, were faced with a stunning range of images to choose from. The categories included animal behaviour, landscape, underwater, up close and personal, urban life and environmental threats.

Galapagos giant tortoise

The overall winner was Joe Sullivan with his image 'Reflections' – a superb black and white shot of a Galapagos giant tortoise retreating inside its shell, and submerged in a body of water.

Of the winning image, Jonathan Green said: “The reflections are superb and the fact that the face is partially hidden provokes curiosity. Black and white gives it added strength”.

Other winning entries featured birds, iguanas, sea lions and crabs – as well as photographs of some of the region's spectacular landscapes.

Sea lions, Galapagos

The Galapagos Photography Competition has been run by Galapagos Conservation Trust since 2001. This year a new Young Photographer competition – open to anyone aged 17 or under – was also launched for the first time. This was won by  Oliver Reynolds with his beautifully composed image 'Red on black'.

City bird, Galapagos
Bird chasing crab, Galapagos
Crabs on rocks, Galapagos

A selection of the winning and short-listed images will feature in the Galapagos Conservation Trust's 2020 calendar, and will be displayed at Galapagos Day at the Royal Geographical Society on the evening of 30 October 2019.

Galapagos Conservation Trust is the only UK charity focussed solely on the conservation of the Galapagos Archipelago, one of the most ecologically important places in the world. The organisation partners with Ecuadorian authorities, NGOs, local communities and leading researchers to support impactful science and conservation programmes, and deliver community outreach across the Archipelago through an education and sustainability programme. To find out more, visit

Win a trip to the Galapagos!

Have you always wanted to visit Galapagos? The Galapagos Conservation Trust is offering one lucky winner the chance to experience the islands on a cruise hosted by Ecoventura.

Galapagos Conservation Trust's raffle costs just £2. Alongside the main prize of a cruise for two people, including up to £1000 per person towards travel costs, a host of runner-up prizes is also on offer. These include a Trek Bicycle hybrid bike, a mixed case of champagne, and eight weeks' worth of seasonal organic veg boxes from Riverford Organic Farmers.

The draw will be made at Galapagos Day, Wednesday 30 October 2019. For more information, including terms and conditions, visit

Green Adventures July 2019