It’s often said that pictures are worth a thousand words. The Rockaway Times received nearly a thousand submissions for the 2020 Photo Contest, that’s a lot of metaphorical words and a lot of brilliant moments captured on film on the peninsula.

The annual contest accepts submissions through March and April and then judges have the tough task of deciding on a Top 30. There were eight judges with reps from the sponsors: Jamaica Bay – Rockaway Parks Conservancy, NYC Parks, NYC Ferry, The Rockaway Times and contest founder, John Cori.

Once the Top 30 are selected, they are sent to Duggal Visual Solutions to be enlarged and made poster-sized and ready for public display. Carpenters from the NYC Parks Department affix the photos to the boardwalk and the Photo Expo goes live.

The photos can be viewed on display on the oceanside boardwalk railing from Beach 93rd Street to Beach 95th Street. For the first time, the photos are in one section of the boardwalk, though each one is separated by at least six feet, allowing for social distance. In previous years, the photos were in groups of five or six and spread from Beach 98 to Beach 19th Streets.

This year’s presentation allows the public to view all at once.

And there’s more. Five honorable mention photos have been placed along the railing at the ferry dock on Beach 108th Street. Before boarding the ferry, people can enjoy and admire the photos here.

The top prize is $500 and a cover feature on the weekly Rockaway Times. The winner and runners-up will be announced later in the summer.

By Sean Boyle


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