Like nature photography? The Aquarium of the Pacific has a contest just for you

Like nature photography? The Aquarium of the Pacific has a contest just for you

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A couple on a bridge dances to live music in front of the Blue Cavern tank at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. The Aquarium is celebrating New Year’s Eve with a daytime event aimed at young kids this year.

The Aquarium of the Pacific, nestled in the heart of Shoreline Village, is celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout 2023 — and the iconic venue wants Southland residents to join in by snapping photos that represent a connection with the natural world.

The Long Beach aquarium‘s “Connecting to Nature” photo contest will accept submissions through April, the organization said in an announcement this week. Contestants are encouraged to share a photo highlighting their special connection to the diverse nature that exists across Southern California.

“Suggestions include your favorite parks, beaches, hikes, dive sites, wildlife viewing, or even your own backyard,” the announcement said, “anywhere you connect to nature.”

The top 10 photos will be featured in an aquarium exhibit from May 26 to Dec. 31, during the institution’s 25th anniversary celebration. The top three winners will also get cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100, respectively.

Anyone is allowed to submit a photo for the contest — aside from aquarium employees, volunteers and board members, the Tuesday, March 14, announcement said.

Visit to submit your photo to the contest. All entries are due by 5 p.m. April 10.

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