The Operation Wallacea photo competition is an annual event that we hold to showcase some of the amazing photos some of our volunteers take each year. All photos on this page were taking during an Opwall expedition.
The winners are in! The public vote is over, and this year long time Opwall supporter and TV presenter Niall McCann picked the winners. Here they are, and what Niall had to say:
1st Place) Up Close and Personal, Andrew Snyder: For me, the clear winner was Andrew’s wonderful photograph of a notoriously shy dwarf caiman. Beautifully framed and lit, this image gives the viewer a caiman’s-eye view of the forest floor, and makes you feel as though you are there right next to this incredibly-camouflaged crocodilian.
2nd Place) Moths in Glasses, Bruno Rodriguez Moller: I love this photo for its uniqueness. Who would think about ‘framing’ (no pun intended) moths in a pair of glasses? It also brings back fond memories of light trapping in Cusuco, where you never know what jewels the light will bring in.
3rd Place) Simplicity, Katie Amey: It’s not all about the wildlife! Many of the best memories from working with Operation Wallacea come from observing the local children taking time to enjoy the playgrounds that they live in. This beautiful picture, with its glorious backdrop, conveys the sense of adventure inherent in all of us.
Staff Pick) Twisted Tree, James Orr: The Opwall staff vote on one additional winner each year, and we picked James’ wonderful long exposure shot taken at our Welgevonden site in South Africa.