#DTPCalifornia Field Trip Photo Contest

Covering the broad spectrum of NERC research, from geology to ecology, we are looking for stunning images that capture the natural world, as seen during the 2017 #DTPCalifornia Field Course. Cohort 3 students can enter our photo contest for a chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher!

See past years’ entries and winners.


We are accepting images in two categories:

  • Abiotic World (Geology Rocks) – images of the non-living natural world
  • Biotic World (Califlorafauna) – images of the living natural world

You may enter up to two images per category. You must be a registered student of the London NERC DTP to enter. Please read our full rules before entering.


Rules and Prizes

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Category 1: Abiotic World

Contest Ended

What are you looking at?..

Category : Category One: Abiotic World (G ..

A fantastic face in the pyroclastic flow at Hole in the Wall.

2 Votes

Landslide Kickflip..

Category : Category One: Abiotic World (G ..

A skateboarder does a kickflip on the Point Fermin landslide remains which have turned into a colourful urban skatepark.

1 Votes

The Middle..

Category : Category One: Abiotic World (G ..

A very salty pool at Bristol Dry Lake. Taken using 35 mm black and white film.

16 Votes

Early Morning Advection Fog..

Category : Category One: Abiotic World (G ..

Advection fog over Monterey Bay

149 Votes

Footprints in the sand..

Category : Category One: Abiotic World (G ..

This picture was taken on the stunning sand dunes of Kelso Dunes, this beautiful landscape shows the previous presence of a small insect, likely a beetle, on the dunes before the footprints in the sand are blow away by the

54 Votes

Mountain and machine..

Category : Category One: Abiotic World (G ..

Setting sail from Santa Cruz island at sunset

61 Votes

Over the edge..

Category : Category One: Abiotic World (G ..

A gorgeous cliff face observed on Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands of California. Whilst a large amount of vegetation has being to establish itself on this cliff face the geology and history of this rock and Island as a whole

5 Votes

Salty sediment crust..

Category : Category One: Abiotic World (G ..

Evaporites at Bristol Dry Lake

2 Votes

Joshua Tree..

Category : Category One: Abiotic World (G ..

Joshua Tree National Park

25 Votes

Santa Cruz Sunset..

Category : Category One: Abiotic World (G ..

Sunset over the Channel Islands taken from the back of our ferry.

29 Votes

Feeling reflective..

Category : Category One: Abiotic World (G ..

A rare floral bloom at Carrizo Plain following the heavy February rains.

26 Votes

Batholith Wall..

Category : Category One: Abiotic World (G ..

Mount San Jacinto

52 Votes

Is it a shark fin?! Is it a gnome&#..

Category : Category One: Abiotic World (G ..

The result of weathering of granite rock. Photo take at Hidden Valley, Joshua Tree National Park.

10 Votes

A block of rock blocks..

Category : Category One: Abiotic World (G ..

The result of weathering and erosion of granite rock. Photo taken at Hidden Valley, Joshua Tree National Park.

16 Votes

Through the eye of a rock?..

Category : Category One: Abiotic World (G ..

I spotted this hole in the top of the rock formation, and was immediately intrigued by it. Minimal editing in Adobe Lightroom.

3 Votes

Window to the Cinder Cones..

Category : Category One: Abiotic World (G ..

I used the tree to frame the outline of the Cinder Cone, drawing the eye past the Joshua trees to the volcano. Minimal editing in Adobe Lightroom

9 Votes

Flawless Reflection..

Category : Category One: Abiotic World (G ..

The reflection in a soda lake in the Carrizo Plain of the mountains in the distance. Photo has been cropped.

51 Votes

Tracks in Sand..

Category : Category One: Abiotic World (G ..

The tracks of a beetle left behind in the vast sand dunes.

Abiotic Category

145 Votes

Prettier than the Cliffs of Dover..

Category : Category One: Abiotic World (G ..

Taken 10/03/2017. Not edited, just professionally taken on an Android phone.

2 Votes

Abiotic World..

Category : Category One: Abiotic World (G ..

Enter your images of the natural world before 21st April.

3 Votes

Category 2: Biotic World

Contest Ended

A fox recovers..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

Channel Island Fox has made an amazing recovery thanks to concerted conservation work. Fortunately, this means it’s now easy to spot them, having well-earned rests in the sun.

3 Votes

Washingtonia filifera at Indian Can..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

Washingtonia filifera growing by the river in Indian Canyon, Mojave Desert

8 Votes

A breath of fresh air..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

Playful common dolphins surround our boat in Monterey Bay

28 Votes

Once upon a midnight dreary..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

A raven outlined against a misty seascape near San Simeon

77 Votes

Desert palms through water..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

Photo taken with GoPro 5 at Palm Springs, California. Not processed.

5 Votes

Basket case..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

At Hidden Valley in Joshua Tree NP. Taken using black and white film.

13 Votes

It’s just you and bee...

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

This picture was taken at Pinnacles National Park, which is a picturesque location. The flowers photographed are shooting stars, Dodecatheon sp, and a bee, which I bee-lieve to be Melissodes robustior, who continued to collect nectar from the shooting stars

16 Votes

Whale! (technically a dolphin)..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

A beautiful male Orca, Orcinus orca, who was seen during out whale watching expedition on Sanctuary Cruises. He was exceedingly curious of our boat and hung around up for a long time, spy hopping and breaching around us. Orcas are

10 Votes

FANCY WHALE!..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

This very rare FANCY WHALE graced us with its majestic presence whilst we were on a sea-bird watching trip in Monterey Bay. He is especially fancy, not just because of his delightful spotty tail, but because he is sporting a

4 Votes

Dwarf of the forest..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

It’s easy to feel dwarfed in a Giant Redwood forest, but think how this salamander must feel while it slithers over log fragments and under wood sorrel umbrellas!

1 Votes

WHALE!..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

I caught a glimpse of this very rare Sky Whale in the mist at the Piedras Blancas rookery, after listening to an absolutely fascinating talk about animal genitalia. Editing: ‘De-misted’ using Adobe Lightroom.

96 Votes

Dolphin Duo..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

Shot on the ferry to the Channel Islands.

8 Votes

All the small things..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

A little plant at Kelso Dunes (I can’t remember the species). Taken using 35 mm black and white film.

18 Votes

Trevor the Tortoise..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

Brunchtime

5 Votes

Tiger Striped Palm..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

Palm Canyon Trail

16 Votes

Jellyfish..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

Black sea nettle (“Chrysaora achlyos”) at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

10 Votes

The lizard king..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

A common chuckwalla (“Sauromalus ater”) basking in the sun in Joshua Tree National Park.
“I am the lizard king
I can do anything”

10 Votes

**Trying to hold it together**..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

Moved to tears by one of the most magnificent organisms I’ve ever seen

2 Votes

California will come to fear my bot..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

Probably the most colourful wildflower I found in California, this was one of a small population of Dodecatheon clevelandii (Padre’s Shooting Star) in Pinnacles National Park

6 Votes

desert bloom..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

Phacelia in flower with desert Oasis in the background

1 Votes

Nap time…..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

A true conservation success story, here the formerly critically endangered Channel Island fox (Urocyon littoralis) is seen yawning in the sunshine on Santa Cruz Island, part of the Channel Islands National Park.

Image has been cropped from original photo.

1 Votes

Salamander peekaboo..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

I found this Monterey ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii eschscholtzii) under a log in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. After I moved the log, the salamander scurried onto the top of it and was posing almost perfectly next to a small

46 Votes

Costa’s Hummingbird..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

I saw this hummingbird at the oasis during the reptile walk at Joshua Tree National Park. As I hid behind a rock for a few minutes, it landed on a tree close enough for me to grab a couple of

18 Votes

The Fatality of the Fun Bus..

Category : Category Two: Biotic World (Ca ..

Found on the bumper of the ‘Fun Bus’, this Monarch butterfly was certainly not having an enjoyable time. Beautiful, fragile, and a long way from home – the DTP students were captivated by this fatally injured creature (modelled here by

1 Votes
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