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Flight of the Butterflies Photo Contest


Congratulations to our winners!

FIRST PLACE: Shimmering Butterfly by Yvonne Rider

"The deep blue of the wings was already stunning, but when the sunlight glanced off the wings just right, the result was mesmerizing."

SECOND PLACE: Monarch Butterfly by Brian Connolly

"A Monarch butterfly just outside the botanical gardens in Balboa Park."

THIRD PLACE: A Butterfly is "Born" by David Goldin

"This butterfly was 'raised' at my home, first as a tiny caterpillar hanging from a net fastened at the top of a plastic cup. The caterpillar soon shed its skin passing from the larval (caterpillar) stage to the pupa (chrysalis) stage of metamorphosis. Inside the chrysalis, which was less than an inch long, the caterpillar became the butterfly. One day my wife came home to find the butterfly hanging from the netting. She took off the netting so the butterfly could go onto the milkweed plant she bought after seeing the many butterflies coming and going to and from the large milkweed plants outside the Botanical Garden in Balboa Park. I happened to be nearby, and took this photo just as the butterfly was first testing its wings. The butterfly flew away a few moments later."

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center will contact all winners via email to arrange prize pick-up.


The Flight of the Butterflies photo contest encourages San Diego residents to submit their best photos of butterflies in Balboa Park and the greater San Diego region.

Prizes include a three-piece butterfly luggage set (value: $860) and tickets to see the Flight of the Butterflies IMAX® film at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

Please submit photos between April 10 & May 5, 2013. Public voting on the top 10 jury-selected images will be from May 7-8. Winners will be posted to on May 9, 2013.

Flight of the butterflies

Please see the full contest rules below.


The contest begins on April 10, 2013, and participants can upload photos by using the form on this page no later than May 5, 2013.

Up to three entries are allowed per person. Please complete a separate submission form for each entry.

Photos must be in JPG format and can be no larger than 3 MB in size. Photos that include any identifiable persons will not be eligible. Entrants are welcome to use Photoshop, Instagram, and other tools to modify digital images.

If under 18: Please be sure to complete the entry fields for date of birth, parent or guardian name, and parent or guardian email. Your parent or guardian will also need to read and check the box about the Contest Rules.


First Place

Heys Monarch Spinner 3-Piece Luggage Set (pictured)

4-pack of Gallery/IMAX tickets for the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Second Place

4-pack of Gallery/IMAX tickets for the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Third Place

Pair of Gallery/IMAX tickets for the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Please note: To win the luggage set, you must be able to pick up the luggage from the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park in May 2013. This prize cannot be mailed.


Photos will be judged by a committee from Balboa Park Central, Balboa Park Online Collaborative, and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center according to creativity and photographic quality. The committee will choose the top 10 entries for public voting. All decisions of the judges are final and binding.