Turtles are often depicted as tranquil creatures possessing wisdom and longevity. They are indeed ancient survivors with a fossil record dating back over 200 million years.
But today, more than half of the world’s freshwater turtles and tortoises are on the brink (critically endangered golden coin turtle hatchling, right). Pollution, hunting, habitat destruction, and over-collection are contributing to their decline.
Let’s raise awareness to the plight of these reptiles through photos. Send us your best shots of turtles and tortoises to share with the world.
Our editorial team will choose the best submissions based on appeal, composition, originality, and technical quality. A group of chosen shots for this assignment will be posted on this page and one will be featured.
We can consider a maximum of four submissions per contributor.
NOTE: For this assignment, we’re offering an incentive. The author of the featured photo chosen by our editorial team will receive a Patagonia Refugio Pack, perfect for transporting your gear to the office, the crag, or the beach. See the official Contest Rules.