Galapagos Photography Competition

Status: Closed to entry Opening date: 05 February 2018 Closing date: 08 June 2018 Winners chosen by: Judging panel and audience vote
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Galapagos Photography Competition

Competition summary:

If you have been lucky enough to visit the Galapagos Islands and have managed to capture some of the Archipelago's stunning natural beauty through the lens, why not enter our competition and see what the judges say! We are thrilled that this year's competition will be judged by GCT President Monty Halls, and photographers Tui de Roy and Paul Sansome.

Category details:

Animal Portrait: illustrate the natural essence, character, and personality of an animal in its Galapagos habitat.

Animal Behaviour: demonstrate a particular aspect of an animal's natural behaviour. This could be an unusual behaviour rarely seen or a common behaviour depicted in an interesting and inspired way.

Landscape: highlight the natural beauty of the Galapagos landscape. With its volcanic highlands, sloping forests, rocky shores, cliffs, beaches, lagoons and lava flows, there are ample opportunities.

Botanical: capture the beauty and unique characteristics of botanical subjects in Galapagos. From cacti and mangrove trees to algae and lichen, judges will look for careful composition and pin-sharp focus.

Man in the Archipelago: showcase an aspect of human presence, influence, or activity in Galapagos. This could include scientists conducting cutting-edge research in the field, locals going about their everyday life, tourists enjoying themselves, or a depiction of one of man’s more sinister impacts in the Archipelago.

Entry requirements:

Entrants may submit a maximum of five images. Each image must only be submitted into a single category. Entrants may enter all five images into a single category, or select different categories for different images, but the total number of images submitted must not exceed five. We would encourage entrants to submit images covering a range of subjects, rather than five images of a single species. Images submitted in previous years will be disqualified.

Only digital images greater than 2MB and 1600 pixels on the shortest edge will be accepted. We do not accept printed photographs, slides, or CDs submitted.

Entry fee:

This contest is free to enter.

Prize details:

The overall winner of the competition will receive: two tickets to 2018's Galapagos Day, a year's free membership to GCT, a signed copy of Henry Nicholls' book The Galapagos: A Natural History, and the winning image will appear in the 2019 GCT calendar. The winner of each category in the competition will receive a copy of GCT's 2019 calendar and the winning images, as well as the runner-up images for each category, will appear on GCT's website.

Terms and Conditions

1. Images must be taken within the Galapagos Archipelago. This includes all land area, and extends out to the 40 Nm boundary of the Galapagos Marine Reserve.

2. Each entrant may enter up to 5 photos in any of the categories listed.

3. Any photos that have previously been entered in a GCT photo competition are ineligible.

4. Submissions must be received by midnight on the 8 June 2018.

5. How to Enter Only digital entries are accepted. Each photo must be a high resolution image, with a minimum image size of 1600 pixels on the shortest edge, a minimum file size of 2MB and minimum resolution of 300 dpi (if you're not sure about this, please contact the organisers). The maximum file size is 5MB. All photos must be in .jpg format. Entrants may be asked to supply the original photo file should they make it to the shortlisted round.

Please enter the competition by completing a Photography Competition Entry Form online.

6. Labelling Each image file must be labelled with your name and the species and/or location of the photo. e.g. the file name might be "Joe Bloggs, Land Iguana, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz".

7. Digital Alterations All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will not be considered for the final round. Acceptable are adjustments to colour, contrast, brightness and sharpness; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; black and white conversions. Not acceptable are photo composites (combination of two or more photos, not of the same scene); the addition, duplication, deletion or moving of objects in the photos; or the use of artistic digital filters and effects. The competition organizers and the judges reserve the right to exclude any image they believe may have been excessively treated so as to alter its authenticity.

8. Photographer's rights Photographers retain the copyright of any entered photos. Your entry into this photography competition constitutes your agreement to grant the Galapagos Conservation Trust (a) a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, and publicly display the photographs you submit to the Galapagos Conservation Trust, for use in any Galapagos Conservation Trust publication or webpage related to the Photographic Competition, and to be used in Galapagos Conservation Trust promotions, including, but not limited to, advertising future photographic competitions, publications from GCT or other organisations, exhibitions, future marketing materials and campaigns, webpages, email bulletins; and (b) the right to use your name, occupation, city, state and country of residence in any publication. We will endeavour to ensure that your images are always duly credited but are unable to take responsibility should your name be omitted.

9. All entries must be the original work of the entrant, and must not infringe on the rights of any other party. The entrant must be the sole copyright in all photographs entered.

10. By entering this competition entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these rules and the competition organizers reserve the right to exclude any entry from the competition at any time and in its absolutes discretion if the organizers have reason to believe that an entrant has breached these rules.

11. A list of winners will appear on the website. The judge's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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