Annual Photo Contest

Annual Photo Contest

The Annual Galapagos Calendar Photo Contest is now closed.
The deadline for entries was Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET.

2019 cover winner juvenile marine iguanas on Isabela by Jem Dodia

2019 Cover Winner: Juvenile Marine Iguanas on Isabela Island by Jem Dodia of Santa Cruz, Galapagos. View all of last year’s winning photos in our Online Gallery.

Contest Overview

The annual Galapagos Conservancy calendar photo contest showcases the unique biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands. In addition to judging submissions on composition, originality, and technical excellence, we look for photos that will create variety in the final calendar. While sea lions and marine iguanas are common subjects, we seek submissions featuring the unique wildlife that can be found both on land and underwater. Scenery shots featuring the beautiful landscapes of the Islands are also welcome. 

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

Staff and close supporters of Galapagos Conservancy select 13 winning photographs to be included in each annual calendar. Judges will also select one photo as the overall “winning photo” to be featured on the cover, as well as in select web and marketing materials. They will also choose up to 40 additional photos to appear as small details in the calendar, and to be featured as downloadable wallpaper from the Galapagos Conservancy website.

Submission Requirements

How to Submit:
We accept digital images only. To submit your digital images, please email them as attachments — one per email — to Make sure to include your name, mailing address, and email address in the body of the email. In the subject line of your email, please include the subject of your photo and your name (e.g., Waved Albatross by Charles Darwin). Note: we do not accept printed photographs, slides, or CDs submitted by regular mail.

Rules for Submission:

  1. All photo submissions must be received by: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by 11:59 pm (ET).
  2. There is a limit of 5 photographs per person
  3. Photographers must be at least 18 years of age.
  4. Photos that depict images not in line with Galapagos National Park rules will be disqualified.
  5. Photos must be taken from Park-approved visitor sites and public areas only. Note: we will not accept photos taken at areas not open to the general public, such as by scientists on field expeditions.
  6. Photos that have been submitted to previous GC photo contests will be disqualified.

Make sure to subscribe to our email list to stay informed about the latest updates to the contest.

Guidelines for Eligible Photos

High quality 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:

  • 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 accordingly.
  • The main subject matter in 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.
  • Photos should be proportional to standard photo size — no panoramics, please.
  • Digital photos must be at least 2,048 pixels wide and have an image size of 8 × 10 inches. Generally, a 3.1 MP or higher camera (along with most smartphone cameras) should meet these requirements.
  • Keep in mind that we may need to crop your photo to fit the proportions of the calendar, so we advise against cropping your photos prior to submission. We are more likely to choose your photo if you have left some room for us to determine how much should be cropped.
  • Digital photos must be in a JPEG (.jpg) file format
  • Please label digital photos with the subject matter and your name as follows: Subject-Photographer’s Firstname Lastname.jpg. For example: SeaLions-JaneDoe.jpg

Prizes and Notification of Winners

  • Thirteen overall winners will be selected, one for each month of the upcoming year, as well as one for the November/December page of the current year.
  • One first-place winner will be awarded the cover as well as a month in the calendar, and will receive a Galapagos gift pack valued at $100 plus eight (8) free calendars.
  • The other 12 winners will receive four (4) free calendars each. Overall winners will be notified by email no later than early September.
  • In addition, 30-40 small detail photographs will be selected for inclusion throughout the calendar. The photographers of these photos — our “honorable mentions” — will each receive one (1) free calendar and will be notified by email no later than mid-September.
  • Winning photos will also be posted to the GC online Gallery in September, and a announcement of the winners will be included in the Galapagos Conservancy e-newsletter. Several runners-up will also have their photos featured as downloadable desktop wallpaper on the GC website.
  • Make sure to sign up for email updates to stay informed of this and other contest-related updates. 

Photographer’s Rights

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.


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.

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