Celebrating the beauty of the islands, while raising awareness on various environmental issues affecting the wildlife and communities living in wild ecosystems, the Galapagos Photography Competition 2020 brings gorgeous pictures of flora and fauna.
The Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) organizes this annual photography competition. Winning photographs are then showcased on the Galapagos Conservancy calendar exhibiting the unique biodiversity of the Galápagos Islands, including majestic tortoises, beautiful Scalesia forests and picturesque coastlines.
More than 50 winning photos from the Galapagos Photography Competition 2020 make a visually stunning and diverse calendar. Here are the winning and short-listed images that will be featured in GCT’s 2021 calendar.
This black and white image of a group of pelicans waiting for a meal is just adorable, and winner of Urban Life category.
Overall 1st Place and Urban Life Winner – “Waiting For a Meal” by Marcos Miranda Correia/Galapagos Conservation Trust
“Peekaboo!” This Galapagos barnacle blenny is a species of chaenopsid blenny, native to coral reefs in the Galápagos Islands.
Overall 2nd Place and Coastal and Marine Winner – “Galápagos barnacle blenny” by Jon Anderson/Galapagos Conservation Trust
Found only on the Galápagos Islands, Marine Iguana is the world’s only ocean-going lizard and is a threatened species.
Overall 3rd Place and Animal in Action Winner – “Young marine iguana sneezing” by Kim de Buiteléir/Galapagos Conservation Trust
Perfectly-timed photograph captured a gorgeous flock of Blue-Footed Boobies going for a dive.
Animals in Action Runner Up – “Blue-footed boobies diving” by Walter Rijk/Galapagos Conservation Trust
“Looking for food.” This stunning shot of the blue-footed booby, half emerged in the water, was taken underwater.
Birds in Galápagos Winner – “Blue-footed booby from below” by Helen Brierley/Galapagos Conservation Trust
“What are you looking at?” This short-eared owl seems to be unwilling to get photographed.
Birds in Galápagos Runner Up – “Galápagos short-eared owl” by Sarah Ahern/Galapagos Conservation Trust
Roaming the depths of the waters, this scalloped hammerhead shark looks majestic.
Coastal and Marine Runner Up – “Scalloped hammerhead shark up close” by Jason Lim/Galapagos Conservation Trust
Painted with colorful hues, this gorgeous sunset at La Loberia Beach gives major traveling goals.
Landscape Winner – “Sunset at La Lobería” by Matheus Hobold Sovernigo/Galapagos Conservation Trust
“Land Meets the Sea!” Impeccably christened, this photograph is a tribute to the vast biodiversity of planet earth.
Landscape Runner Up – “Land Meets the Sea” by Stephen Lamb/Galapagos Conservation Trust
“Oh! Go Away, will you? I don’t like photographers.” This Northern Flicker seems to be pretty reluctant to get photographed.
Up Close and Personal Winner – “I don’t like photographers” by Jose Rui da Cruz Moura Santos/Galapagos Conservation Trust
“Aha! Finally caught you.” This small yellow warbler captures a fly for its lunch.
Up Close and Personal Joint Runner Up – “Warbler’s Prize” by Ian Henderson/Galapagos Conservation Trust
“Baby marine iguana looking for its mama!”
Up Close and Personal Joint Runner Up – “Baby marine iguana” by Walter Rijk/Galapagos Conservation Trust