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2014 Academy Photo Competition

Love Life

Show Us What You Love About Life at the California Academy of Sciences

The LoveLife photo competition is back! Submit your loveliest photos of the California Academy of Sciences for judging by a team of Academy insiders. Prizes include an iPad Mini, a GoPro camera, Academy photography tours, and more! Visit the LoveLife photo exhibit in the gallery on level 1 to see last year’s winners.

Entry deadline: April 30, 2014

2013 Winners

See other highlights from the competition here.

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  1. Land Life: butterflies, snakes, an alligator… all life on and above land
  2. Aquatic Life: fish, sea stars, coral… all life underwater
  3. Family Life: people at the Academy
  4. Still Life: architecture, dioramas, specimens, and fossils
  5. Mobile Life: the Academy captured by smart phone
  6. Night Life: the Academy at night

All entries must be photographed at the Academy between March 1, 2013 and April 30, 2014.


The Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • Apple iPad mini
  • GoPro HERO3 White Edition camera
  • Choice of: Academy Conservation Photography Workshop or Academy Photography Tour

Six Category Winners will each receive:

  • Choice of: Academy Conservation Photography Workshop or Academy Photography Tour

BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition

What have you photographed outside the Academy’s walls? Check out our BigPicture Competition and enter to win there as well.