Winning Photos from the 2014-15 ISV Photo Competition!

by isvolunteers on Wednesday, 8 April 2015

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Winner! Sydney Collins’ breathtaking photograph ‘On Top of the World ‘ won in the Intrepid Adventure’category. Check out more incredible images below. (c) ISV

The votes are in and the top three photos from each of ISV’s Photo Competition categories have been announced! We have one winner from each of the following: Volunteer Project, Intrepid AdventureGroup and People, Places and Planet

Hundreds of images were submitted by ISV participants as part of our annual contest, showcasing the awe-inspiring and life-changing experiences from various ISV programs across the globe.

The winning entries come from a variety of destinations this year including The Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, South Africa and Thailand. The full list of submissions can be found on the official Photo Contest Page and the ISV Facebook Page includes shortlisted photo albums for each voting category with more spectacular images.

A big thank you to all of ISV’s Facebook followers and alumni for voting. Each first place winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to travel again with ISV, or they can opt to donate this money to a conservation or community development volunteer project. Congratulations to all winners, finalists and entrants and thank you for such an inspiring photographic overview of how we continue to Impact Our World.

The 2015-16 competition will open shortly for volunteers on our May to September 2015 season. In the meantime, please enjoy the photos below. (Click on images to view enlarged versions).


1st Place and WINNER

Title: A Smile From a Three-Toed Sloth    Photographer: Jenna Lane    Location: Costa Rica

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Our ISV leader took us on a rainforest hike through the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. During this, we saw a variety of plants and animals, including huge spiders, lizards, howler monkeys, toucans and this very friendly three-toed sloth! He or she turned their head to give us a smile. (c) ISV

2nd Place

Title: A Caiman Lurking in the River    Photographer: Jenna Lane    Location: Costa Rica


During our project, we visited the town of Puerto Jimenez on our free day. Our leader took us on a walk along a nearby river, where we came across several caiman lurking. They were only a few feet away, so I managed to capture an image of one up close. (c) ISV

3rd Place

Title: Unlike Anything Else    Photographer: Grace DeBruin    Location: South Africa


I Will Never Forget This Place. (c) ISV


1st Place and WINNER

Title: Give Me That Camera    Photographer: Ryan Verhegge    Location: Thailand

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Can I have that camera please? (c) ISV

2nd Place 

Title: Can I see?    Photographer: Madalyn Bernardelle    Location: South Africa


Wandering the township in Cinsta, local children were fascinated by us and our cameras. They wanted to engage with us and capture their own images using our cameras. ‘Can I see?’ refers to the reach for my SLR. (c) ISV

3rd Place

Title: Reflections    Photographer: Madalyn Bernardelle    Location: South Africa


The future and present is reflected through this captivating local Khosa boy. (c) ISV


1st Place and WINNER

Title: On Top of the World    Photographer: Sydney Collins    Location: South Africa

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Breathtaking view of Blyde River Canyon in South Africa. (c) ISV

2nd Place

Title: Not a Bad View    Photographer: Ryan Verhegge    Location: Thailand


An incredible view from just inside the cave we visited while at Khao Sok Lake. (c) ISV

3rd Place

Title: Illuminating    Photographer: Grace DeBruin    Location: South Africa

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The view of Cape Town at night from the top of Table Mountain. (c) ISV


1st Place and WINNER

Title: Dominican ISV Group Photo    Photographer: Ryne Tucker    Location: The Dominican Republic

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Such a fantastic trip with these amazing people! (c) ISV

 2nd Place

Title: Volunteers Today, Veterinarians Tomorrow    Photographer: Unknown (please contact ISV if you know the photographer)    Location: Thailand


A photo of our Pre-Vet group and our volunteer coordinator and doctors that mentored us throughout the two weeks we were at Elephant Nature Park. (c) ISV

3rd Place

Title: Releasing Our Final Turtle    Photographer: Jenna Lane    Location: Costa Rica


After an incredible 2 weeks spent volunteering in the stunning Osa Peninsula to aid in the conservation of endangered sea turtles, our project came to an end with our last pacific green sea turtle. Once we tagged her, took a tissue sample, took her measurements and checked her overall health, she was ready to be released back into the ocean. (c) ISV

Thanks again to all of ISV’s volunteers – together we are doing our best to make the world a better place and we hope these images inspire others to do the same!

To learn more about ISV and our programs please visit our website.

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