PHOTO CONTEST OPEN! WIN $500 and Bragging Rights


Say Cheese, Louise –it’s that time again – so hit us with your best shots (again)! The Sixth Annual Rockaway Times Photo Contest is now underway. There’s no doubt, Rockaway’s Got Talent and we like to put the spotlight on peninsula shutterbugs.  As we’ve done in years past, The Top 30 photos selected are made poster-size and put on display on the boardwalk.  And some honorable mentions get placed at the ferry dock.

The winning photographer wins a $500 Grand Prize, a cover feature on the paper and everlasting bragging rights. Last year, Theresa Racine took home the top prize for her photo of a surfer walking along a sunset-hued beach. You don’t have to be a professional, you just have to take a great photo!

Ok, now the IMPORTANT STUFF: Deadline: Friday, April 16.

This year we’re changing things up a little. There will be no categories.  You can submit a photo of your adorable pet, but it will compete against sunsets, parades, wildlife, surfers, you name it. 

You are allowed to submit up to FOUR (4) photos. They must be high resolution (some of those phone photos just don’t cut it) and the photos must be of or taken on the Rockaway peninsula or Broad Channel or on the ferry or from the ferry.  This is The Rockaway Times Photo Contest and we’re sure your vacation photos are great but we want to keep it local.

You must submit your name (or the name of the photographer) and, please know that The Rockaway Times may use any of the photos as we see fit (in the paper, and/or Summer Guide, Facebook, etc). We will give photo credit, but we will have full rights to the photo.  And please, only send photos you have rights to or permission to use.  Please do not put your name on a photo someone else took (we will find out!)

Important: Send to the CORRECT email address. Submit your top photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will still print our Local Color feature each week but that’s a separate email and contest photos sent there will not be considered.

Contest tip: We know we’ll get lots and lots of beautiful sunsets and sunrises but that means it’ll be tough for your photo to really stand out. Maybe your picture of kids on the beach or a great boardwalk scene or something that screams “That’s Rockaway!” will be the one that captures the judges’ eyes.  And remember only your top 4! 

We’re thrilled to have our co-sponsors back for this year’s contest. The Jamaica Bay–Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) NYC-Ferry, and NYC Parks help make this one of the summer’s great events.

So go snap away, Rockaway. The Photo Contest is now open!