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Photo Competition 2017

Have any good photos from your expedition? Want to share them and have a chance at winning a canvas print?

First prize – a photograph of your choosing on a canvas up to 120 x 80cm.
Second Prize – a photograph of your choosing on a canvas up to 90 x 60cm
Third Prize – a photograph of your choosing on a canvas up to 60 x 40cm

Any photo from an Opwall expedition is eligible to be entered, and all entries will be up for a public vote between the 1st of November and the 30th of November. The ten photos with the highest vote numbers will then be shortlisted, and the three winners picked by a panel of Opwall judges.

BONUS PRIZE! – The top 20 photos will be given to Opwall staff to vote on, with the winner receiving a canvas up to 120cm x 80cm

2015 Winners

Katie Amey
1st Prize – Katey

Chloe Garwood
2nd Prize – Chloe

Penny Banham
3rd Prize – Penny

Ruby Chow
Staff Pick – Ruby

How to Enter

Eligible photos have to have been taken on an Opwall expedition but can be of almost anything. In order to enter a photo simply click the “Submit Entry” button below, fill in the form, and click “save.”

However, please bear in mind the following:

  • You can enter a maximum of two photos
  • You need to rename the photo files to be opwall2017-firstname-lastname-country.jpg (where country is where the photo was taken). If you’re submitting two, rename the second photo file to be opwall2017-firstname-lastname-country2.jpg
  • All photos must have minimum dimensions of 1600px x 1200px, a minimum resolution of 72dpi, and have a maximum file size of 10mb. There are no restrictions on aspect ratio, but we recommend avoiding entering photos with a very large ratio (for example very long panoramic shots).

The submission deadline is the 31st of October, with public voting commencing on the 1st of November. The top 10 photos with the largest number of votes on 1st of December will then be shortlisted, with the judges choosing the winners by the 7th of December.

Full terms and conditions can be found at the bottom of the page, and by submitting a photo to us it is understood that you have read and agreed to them.

Any issues or questions please contact

Terms and Conditions

1. The competition is open to anyone except those directly involved in Operation Wallacea in a permanent staff position.
2. The competition is open to all professional and amateur photographers.
3. All photographs submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and entrants must own the original photograph file for verification purposes.
4. All photographs submitted must have been taken during an Operation Wallacea expedition at one of our sites.
5. Entrants can submit no more than 2 photographs of their choosing.
6. Entrants can submit their photos by submitting their photos at
7. All photographs submitted must have minimum dimensions of 1600 x 1200px and minimum resolution of 72dpi. We may contact competition entrants for higher resolution versions of their photos if we deem it appropriate.
8. All photographs submitted must have a file size of maximum 10mb
9. The filename of the photograph submitted must have the word opwall2017, followed by the entrants first name, last name, country the photograph was taken in, separated by dashes. For example – opwall2017-firstname-lastname-country.jpg
10. Double exposures or photos significantly edited from their original form are not eligible.
11. Domestic pets are not eligible. Farmyard animals and animals found in rehabilitation sanctuaries, safari parks, or other recognized bodies of animal protection may be used providing these areas are visited as part of the entrants overall expedition time.
12. If a submitted photo contains any identifiable human subjects, then it is up to the photographer to ensure that they have the consent of those people to use that photo.
13. Cultivated forms of wild plants are not permitted. For this purpose a cultivated plant has been planted, or is maintained by human intervention, and may also have been created from another species.
14. An image will be rejected if in the opinion of the judges it appears that the image has been taken in such a way that wildlife law or animal welfare requirements may have been breached; protected species or habitats have been compromised; or the image has been otherwise taken in an irresponsible way. If you are licensed to take pictures or visit areas which might otherwise be unlawful you should say so and we may ask to see the licence if your picture is shortlisted.
15. Photographs featuring model animals or live bait are not permitted.
16. First place prize consists of a photograph of your choosing on canvas size of your choosing up to and including 120 x 80cm. Second place prize of a photograph of your choosing on a canvas size of your choosing up to and including 90 x 60cm. Third place prize of a photograph of your choosing on a canvas size of your choosing up to and including 60 x 40cm.
17. Copyright of all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing the competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to Operation Wallacea Ltd to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material.
18. All photos adhering to the rules specified in these terms and conditions will be made available for public voting at from 00:00 GMT on the 1st of November 2017. Public voting will last until 23.50 GMT 30th November 2017. The 10 photos that received the most votes during that period will be shortlisted.
19. Each member of the public is allowed to vote once per photo per calendar day. Operation Wallacea reserves the right to remove votes or the entry itself from any person who is suspected of circumventing the security measures in place to limit the vote to one per photo per person per day.
20. The judge will select the winning entrants from the shortlist by 23.59 GMT 8th December 2017. Winning entrants will be announced on 6th December 2017 via the Operation Wallacea facebook page, twitter, and by emailing the winning entrants. Prizes will be shipped no later than 15th January 2017.
21. A picture that has already won a prize (winner, runner-up or commended) in a large competition (ie one receiving more than 250 images) national or international, cannot be entered.
22. Operation Wallacea reserves the right to reject any photos that it deems inappropriate for the competition.
23. A bonus prize of a canvas up to 120cm x 80cm will be given to the winner of a vote conducted amongst permanent Operation Wallacea staff members. Those staff members will vote from between the top twenty photos dictated by the public vote, with the winner declared at the same time as the main competition.