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.
You can vote for as many photos as you wish, once per day. The top 10 photos will then be given to a judging panel to determine the three winners.
If you’re not sure what Opwall is and want to know more, or you’re interested in getting involved, please head to opwall.com for more information.
The first picture is 18m under during our diving expedition in the Galapagos Islands. The turtle glided right underneath me and even knocked my camera as it passed. 100% the best experience of my life.
Whilst on a tour of a mangrove forrest on the coast of Dominica on my last day of the expedition I managed to capture this rare photograph of a Humming bird taking a quick break from humming on a nearby
This is a Madagascar Ground Boa (Acrantophis madagascariensis). He was actually found in our kitchen to our Malagasy staffs dismay! Some of them were very brave though and did get closer once we explained that he wouldn’t hurt
This photo was taken not far from Mariarano base camp in Madagascar–there was a group of five sifakas foraging in the trees, and this one heard me snap a twig underfoot and looked straight into the camera–I was captivated by
These friendly clownfish lit up our dive at the saddle, on Hoga island, Indonesia. One of our teachers went up to this curious couple and they started to attack their own reflection in his mask, which did not fail to
The Copan Brook Frog (Duellmanohyla soralia) is co-endemic to NW Honduras and NW Guatemala. It inhabits vegetation overhanging fast flowing streams where you usually find relatively large congregations of these animals. This fact made the life of the herpetologists a
A spider monkey is keeping watch as it’s group feeds at a Ramon tree. Surrounding the Calakmul ruins there is a high density of fruiting trees which supports the many groups of spider monkeys in the reserve. Tracking these monkeys
This jetty may have been our first steps onto Hoga Island, Indonesia but due to the storm that made our 2-hour boat cruise into an 8-hour treacherous trip, we did not get to take in the incredible views until the
Although common throughout South-east Asia, the Asian Vine Snake (Ahaetulla prasina) is always a remarkable find because of its ability to mimic a jungle vine in both appearance and behavior. This beautiful individual was found by staff members near Bala
Whilst on a trek through part of the dominican rainforest looking for Anoles I also managed to capture this amazing image of a rather large grasshopper. In fact this very grasshopper was the cure for my chronic fear of insects!
Chrysina resplendens, the golden scarab beetle of Honduras. Splendid to find, it gets even more beautiful the more you observe it. As if glistening in the dark, the golden wings inspire the mind. But once you turn it round, this
Snorkelling in Natewa Bay in Fiji was an incredible experience made all the better for the presence of these little guys. No taller than a finger nail, I couldn’t believe how much cuteness had been crammed inside such a small
This photo resumes how I feel about my Mexico trip, how it allowed me to explore new perspectives I would never imagine and how it made me appreciate the work that is happening right now to help the animals among
Upon capture, this parrot snake (Leoptophis ahaetulla) gapes at the herpetologist to look more menacing. Being a colubrid, it’s through grove its rear fang (visible in the photo) that it delivers its venom. Fortunately it’s just a very mild haemotoxin
Whilst travelling round the beautiful shores of the island of Dominica in the Caribbean with Operation Wallacea I happened to capture thus amazing landscape photograph that I am very proud of. It serves as a reminder of the beauty of
This frog was found on the banks of a river, during a night-time amphibian survey. It is one of the four species in Cusuco National Park that the herpetology team survey, for the amphibian disease Chytridiomycosis.
While on the expedition, our trip to the elementary school in Mahajanga was canceled, as the children were taking their national exams. So instead, we took a tour of the local village. Our first stop was this strong, young mother.
This new flying frog species, distinguished by its solid yellow color and larger body size (Rhacophorus cf. edentulus nov.), was found perched next to a stream during a nighttime herpetofauna survey on expedition in Indonesia.
Three days from the end of the South Africa expedition, we went to search for the lions on the reserve. It was incredible to find them and such a memorable experience. They were so relaxed! This is a photo of
A colourful Sally Lightfoot crab on a rock in Tortuga Bay, visited on our first day in the Galapagos Islands, on the second week of the expedition. (can be cropped or zoomed in to get a better view of the
Asiphephe (left) & Camo engaging in affiliative body contact behaviour and trunk interlocking. A beautiful sight to witness as these two massive beasts show nothing but love and respect for one another. Photo taken: 27.07.17.
This malachite kingfisher frequented Lac 2 in Matsedroy camp–by far the most photographed bird on the lake, it never failed to stun us. This particular day he seemed so poised, and for a split second everything in the frame aligned.
During an opportunistic bat mist-netting session at the Mancolona camp, a frugivorous bat was caught alongside its evening ‘catch’. Comparing the size if the fruit the bat was carrying with the actual body size of the bat itself, it’s clear
In the middle of a hike, we came upon an area of forest where the visibility was really poor due to the clouds – there’s something really beautiful about the way the clouds surround the trees, this shot of the
View from the interior of a strangler fig tree in Indonesia rainforest. The constrictions made by the roots of other trees over the years result in the death of the tree in the middle. What remains is an structure of
this was one of the better days of my expedition. We were hiking through narrow paths and dense vegetation in Tanzania’s jungle.Suddenly, we saw this incredible grasshopper crossing the path just in fornt of our eyes. I’ve never seen again
One of the most stunning bats I have every encountered on expedition: Rhinolophus philippinensis or Large-Eared Horseshoe Bat. This was second to last day of the expedition, and I had given up hope of finding one. This species of bat
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 http://blog.opwall.com/photo-competition
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 http://blog.opwall.com/photo-competition/ 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.