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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 now closed. Congratulations to Grand Prize and Land Life winner Michael Kawano! See all the winners in the gallery below.


  • Grand Prize: Michael Kawano
  • Land Life: Michael Kawano
  • Aquatic Life: Stephanie Perdue
  • Family Life: Becky Jaffe
  • Still Life: Keith Gorlen
  • Mobile Life: Olivia Tung
  • Night Life: John Nguye

2014 Winners


  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.