Annual Photo Contest

Annual Photo Contest

Welcome to the Annual Galapagos Conservancy Photo Contest!


If you have already submitted entries, we will refund any new donation you made and send you an email shortly. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience.

The annual Galapagos Conservancy calendar showcases the unique biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands, from majestic giant tortoises and colorful blue- and red-footed boobies to beautiful Scalesia forests and scenic coastlines. In addition to judging submissions on composition, originality, and technical excellence, we look for a variety of Galapagos subjects when selecting the winning photos that will result in a visually stunning and diverse calendar.


Each year, staff and close supporters of Galapagos Conservancy select more than 50 winning photographs to be included in the calendar, which includes 13 images for the calendar months (November/December of the current year are combined), one overall “winning photo” to be featured on the cover, and up to 40 additional “honorable mention” photos to appear as small detail images throughout the calendar.

Marine iguana, flightless cormorant, and green sea turtle

How to Enter

Guidelines for Eligible Photos

Prizes and Notifications

Terms and Conditions


How to Enter

Below are the guidelines and process for entering the Galapagos Conservancy photo contest. Please make sure to review the contest Terms & Conditions prior to submitting your photos.

Rules for Submission

  • You must be a current member of Galapagos Conservancy (minimum $25 donation received since 5/1/2019) in order to participate in the contest. Your membership donation is tax-deductible if you are a US resident and starts at $25 per year. If you are not already a member, you can make your donation here prior to submitting your photos.
  • All photo submissions must be received by Wednesday, July 15, 2020 by 11:59 pm (ET). We are currently not accepting submissions.
  • There is a limit of three (3) photographs per person.
  • Photos must be taken from Park-approved visitor sites and public areas only. *Note: we no longer accept photos taken at areas not open to the general public, such as by scientists on field expeditions.
  • Photographers must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Photos that have been submitted to previous GC photo contests will be disqualified.

Photo Submission Process

  1. Attach all photos (3 maximum) to ONE email and send them to Make sure all of your images adhere to our contest guidelines.
  2. In the subject line of your email, please include your name and the subject of each photo (e.g., Jane Doe – waved albatross, green sea turtle, land iguana).
  3. In the body of the email, please include your name, complete mailing address, email address, and any unique details about each of your photos, such as location and time of year. e.g.,
            Jane Doe
            1234 Prospect St
            Arlington, VA 22201
               The albatross was photographed on Española Island in October 2018.
               Sea turtle seen while snorkeling of the coast of Isabela.
               Land iguana photographed on South Plazas.
  4. Submit all entries to us by Wednesday, July 15, 2020 @ 11:59pm ET.
  5. Subscribe to our email list to stay informed about the latest updates to the contest, as we will only contact you individually if one of your entries gets selected (see Prizes and Notifications). 

Short-eared owl, sea lions, Galapagos penguin


Guidelines for Eligible Photos

High quality, full-color photos make all the difference! The winning calendar photos will be printed in an 8.5 × 11 in. format, so the quality of the image is very important. Photo submissions MUST meet the following requirements in order to be considered:

  • All photo submissions must be digital in a JPEG (.jpg) file format and at least 2,048 pixels wide, with an image size of at least 8 × 10 inches. Generally, a 3.1 MP or higher camera (along with most smartphone cameras) should meet these requirements.
  • Photos should be horizontal (rectangular shaped) only, as the calendar is formatted horizontally. Any vertical photos that are submitted must be able to be cropped into a horizontal format or they will be disqualified. No panoramic images, please.
  • Photos should be proportional to standard photo size — no panoramics, please.
  • The main subject or focus of your photo should be perfectly clear (unless using an obvious visual effect). Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. Removal of dust, cropping, minor adjustments to color and contrast, etc. are acceptable.
  • We advise against cropping your photos prior to submission, as we may need to crop your photo to fit the proportions of the calendar. We are more likely to choose your photo if you have left some room for us to determine how much should be cropped.
  • Photo files should be labeled with the subject matter and your name, as follows: Subject-Photographer’s Firstname Lastname.jpg. For example: SeaLions-JaneDoe.jpg.

**Please note that any photos depicting images that do not adhere to Galapagos National Park rules will be deemed ineligible.**

A final note: while sea lions and marine iguanas are great (but common) subjects, we seek submissions featuring a variety of the unique wildlife that can be found both on land and underwater. Scenery shots featuring the beautiful seas and landscapes of the Islands are also welcome.

Scalloped hammerhead, giant tortoise, and vermilion flycatcher

Judging, Prizes, and Notification of Winners

Staff and close supporters of Galapagos Conservancy will select 13 winning photographs to be included in the calendar (one for each month of the upcoming year, as well as one for November/December of the current year) – including one overall “winning photo” to be featured on the cover. Judges will also select up to 40 additional photos (“honorable mentions”) to appear as small detail images throughout each month of the calendar, and to be featured as downloadable wallpaper on the Galapagos Conservancy website.

Due to the size of the contest, GC is not able to notify everyone who enters the contest — only those selected for a winning photo or honorable mention. We recommend signing up for email updates to stay informed of our process.


  • One first-place winner will be awarded the calendar cover image as well as a month in the calendar, and will receive a Galapagos gift pack valued at $100 plus eight (8) free calendars.
  • Twelve winners will receive four (4) free calendars each. Overall winners will be notified by email no later than early September.
  • Up to 40 small detail photographs will be selected for inclusion throughout the calendar. The photographers of these photos — “honorable mentions” — will each receive one (1) free calendar each and will be notified by email no later than mid-September.
  • Winning photos will also be posted to our online Gallery in September, and an announcement of the winners will be included in the Galapagos Conservancy e-newsletter. Several runners-up will have their photos featured as downloadable desktop wallpaper on the GC website.

Blue-footed booby, flamingos, tortoises

Terms and Conditions

By submitting your photographs to the annual contest, you agree that Galapagos Conservancy:

  • Has the right to edit and resize the photographs as needed,
  • Is under no obligation to publish your submission, and
  • May use your photographs, with proper credit given, in any of our future marketing materials or occasionally share their use with other Friends of Galapagos Organizations (FOGOs).

By entering the contest, you hereby grant to Galapagos Conservancy:

  1. A nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, and publicly display the photographs you submit to Galapagos Conservancy, and
  2. The right to use your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.

We do not allow third parties (other than our FOGO partners, on occasion) to use your photos without your consent. Occasionally, we receive requests from third parties requesting permission to print or post photos of Galapagos for their own use. If one of your photos fits their needs, your email address will be provided to the third party so that they may request permission from you directly.

Blue heron, land iguana, finch


If you have any questions about the contest, please send us an email. We will do our best to respond to you within one week of your email.

Prior contest winner photo credits, from top; left-to-right: Marine iguana © Steven M. Genkins; Flightless cormorant © Meghan Foehl; Green sea turtle © Cibele Sanches; Short-eared owl © Brad Nelson; Galapagos sea lions © Chet Stein; Galapagos penguin © Aimee McFerren; Scalloped hammerhead shark © Greg Asner; Galapagos giant tortoise © Michael J. Haber; Vermilion flycatcher © Rob Jansen; Blue-footed booby © José Carrsco; Galapagos flamingos © Mathilde Mugica; Giant tortoises © Pierre Ferron; Great blue heron © Harris Nguyen; Land iguana © Stephanie Carnahan; Medium ground finch © Giovanni Sonsini.

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