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Today's Hours: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm


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Photographers Night

Join us for a special night of photography at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Photographers Night

Join us for a special night of photography at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Photographers Night 2019 Grand Prize Winner Heather Lemmon

Professional and amateur photographers are invited to capture the Aquarium’s wildlife during exclusive “photographers only” hours. Meet vendors, test new equipment, attend an intro workshop, and meet other wildlife photo enthusiasts.

Now is your chance to take the photos you have always wanted. On this night only, the Aquarium is available to photographers for the sole purpose of getting their dream photos without having to worry about the general public either getting in their shots or being bothered by their equipment.

Take your time, set up your shots, and enjoy. In order to create the best environment for our photographers, we will be limiting ticket sales. We highly encourage you to purchase your tickets ahead of time to guarantee a spot or you may be turned away at the door.

Normally, lights begin to dim as 9:00 p.m. approaches, but on this night, the lights will remain on in most of the exhibits in order to provide the best opportunities for photography.*

Please check back for contest information.

Visit our Aquarium Safety page for information on COVID-19 guidelines.


Our partner Tuttle Cameras will have limited items for sale, such as memory cards, rubber lens hoods, and other small items. Canon will be on site with lenses and bodies available for free check-out with a valid driver’s license. Tamron will have Canon, Nikon, and Sony-mount lenses available for checking out. Sony will also be on hand with their latest equipment demos and rentals. All equipment loans are on a first-come, first-served basis and we ask that you rotate to allow others the opportunity to borrow.

Introductory Workshop

6:00 p.m.

The Introductory Photography Workshop will be offered at this event and will be mandatory. New this year! Workshop will take place in our new Honda Pacific Visions Theater. This introductory workshop will consist of tips, tricks, and guidelines for the night. You must attend prior to entering the rest of the Aquarium for the rest of the night. You will not be allowed to enter prior to your scheduled workshop to shoot in the Aquarium. If you visit during the day, you will need to check line up outside by the Members Entrance after 5:30 p.m. for entry into the workshop prior to attending the event.

The coffee cart will be offering drinks and snacks for purchase throughout the night.

Synthlab artist Qrux will DJ a set of music as a backdrop to your photographic adventures.

Photo Contest

Attendees are invited to submit their photos to our exclusive Photo Contest. Details at the link.

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$36.95 per person. No discounts or offers will be accepted for this special evening.

Please note

* Exhibits that will not be lit: Lorikeet Forest, Sea Dragons & Diving Birds because they will be getting their rest. Lorikeet Forest will be completely inaccessible.

Rules and Guidelines

By purchasing a ticket, you agree to abide by the following:

  • Tripods are allowed on this night only.
  • You are allowed to bring flashes, soft boxes, and strobes. Power outlets are available on a first come first served basis throughout the Aquarium.
  • You may bring screens to block off reflections or to control lighting.
  • Please be considerate of other photographers. If you are shooting a popular exhibit, please limit your time and share.
  • Please refrain from using flash or any lighting on the two sea dragon exhibits, and the giant Pacific octopus exhibit (they are marked with “no flash” signs).
  • Please refrain from placing anything directly on the acrylic/glass that can scratch or burn. If you need the acrylic cleaned, see a staff member for the proper cloth.
  • Please do not direct hot lights at the exhibits for extended periods of time as this can permanently damage the acrylic. All hot lights must be at least five feet from the acrylic.
  • Photos taken are to be personal use only, no commercial photography. If you wish to use one the images for commercial purposes at a later date, you must contact the Aquarium for permission.
  • No videography.

Evening Schedule

  • 6:00 pm – Intro Workshop in Pacific Visions Theater
  • 6:30 pm – Event Begins and Equipment Checkout starts
  • 6:45 pm – Music by Qrux in Great Hall. Coffee cart open.
  • 7:00 pm – Diving birds exhibit (Northern Gallery) go dark
  • 9:00 pm – Blue Cavern Bubble Curtain turns on (give or take 15min). Coffee Cart closes.
  • 9:30 pm – Please wrap up use of loaner equipment and return to vendor(s)
  • 10:00 pm – Event ends
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$36.95 per person. No discounts or offers will be accepted for this special evening.
(562) 590-3100, ext. 0

Capacity is limited. Advance reservations are required. No walk ups. Keeping our guests and staff safe is our top priority. Masks are required. For the most current information, visit This event is subject to change or cancellation due to updated safety protocols.