Tui De Roy first stepped ashore on the Galapagos Islands on December 21, 1955. It was her second birthday. Her parents Andre and Jacqueline had journeyed from Europe on a banana boat in search of a self-sufficient life. All three lived in a tent growing their own fruit and vegetables, while Andre built a lava-rock house where Tui’s younger brother was born in 1958.

One of the few things the family brought with them were cameras and film. At the age of 11, Tui started borrowing them. More than 50 years later she is still taking photographs of the wildlife of the Galapagos. Her images have now been gathered together in a new book, A Lifetime in Galapagos. It is a catalogue of the many and varied fauna to be found on and around this volcanic archipelago.

In this image, a juvenile pufferfish picks dead skin from an old marine iguana resting in the shallows after feeding.

“To me,” the photographer says of these Pacific islands, “they will always be untamed and untameable.”

Image taken from A Lifetime in Galapagos by photographer Tui De Roy, published by Bloomsbury Wildlife in hardback. Available at, £40. © Tui De Roy