Galapagos Wildlife, Marine Life & Photography
18th - 25th June 2024
Hosted by Aqua-Firma Director & Photographer, Ralph Pannell
We are pleased to present winners of the Aqua-Firma sponsored Galapagos Conservation Trust Photography Competition; plus add a few images taken on this year's Wildlife, Marine Life & Photography island hopping safari; and our Shark Research Insights & Photography Dive Liveaboard trip which have both just concluded.
Amongst a panel of judges were TV Presenter, Liz Bonnin and Aqua-Firma Director, Ralph Pannell. Ralph co-hosted the two trips just concluded, along with marine biologist & pro-photographer, Dr Simon Pierce.
|You can see an exhibition of all the winning and runner up photographs from the competition, at the Galapagos Conservation Trust Galapagos Day event beginning at 6.30pm on 20th October. Venue: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London. For details visit:
We begin with the Overall Winner of the Competition: a real eye-to-eye view of a Waved Albatros taken by Enzo Reyes. By land area, the Galapagos has more endemic species than anywhere else on our planet; and this lifelong monogamous bird is one of those found nowhere else.
We hop out of the Competition for the next two images; first with a photograph by Dr Simon Pierce where he was Aqua-Firma's host on this year's Shark Research Insights & Photography Dive Liveaboard. Simon is not just a marine biologist; he is one of the world's leading shark researchers and co-Founder of the Marine Megafauna Foundation. This playful sealion tugged a few of our fins before taking a keen interest in Simon's underwater camera.
Diving and snorkeling with sealions is one of the Galapagos' most special experiences and we often find opportunities to so this on these trips.
Our second deviation is a Land Iguanas photographed here by Ralph Pannell on our Wildlife, Marine Life & Photography island hopping safari. Galapagos land iguanas have evolved to feed on fallen leaves of Opuntia prickly pears. Yum!
Back to the Competition, here are the rest of the category winners:
Landscape Winner - Darwin's Towers by Craig Oxley
This used to be Darwin's Arch, but erosion eventually took its toll (https://www.aqua-firma.com/news/2021/07/07/galapagos-charles-darwin-arch-collapse)
Coastal & Marine by Ian Henderson
Up Close & Personal - Barn Owls by Ian Henderson
Animals in Action by Heikki Huhtinen
This 'Darwin's Finch' is waiting for flies to land on this marine iguana.
Urban Life by Michael Deryckere
Sealions are particularly numerous along the waterfront of our start point for our Wildlife, Marine Life & Photography island-hopping safaris.