John Gárate is a third generation Galapagueño, born on the island of Santa Cruz. He has had a love of the natural flora and fauna since early childhood. As a young boy, he traveled with his uncle, a captain, to the different islands in the Galapagos archipelago. He began to learn about the unique and delicate ecosystem and the wildlife of the islands at a very early age and developed a keen eye for photography!
He is a published nature photographer. On November 3, 2006 CORREOS DEL ECUADOR, Ecuadorean Postal Service, launched for the very first in Galapagos a series of Postal stamps. John’s photos were selected for the complete Galapagos series of postal stamps. His photography was registered in the History books of Ecuador.