Rockaway’s Got Talent needs an update: Rockaway’s Got More Talent Than Ever.
The Rockaway Times Photo Contest drew more than 1,300 photos and left ten judges with a near impossible task of picking the Top 30. They pressed on, however, and after multiple rounds, finally settled on thirty fabulous photos.
The Top 30 will be made into poster-sized photos that will adorn the boardwalk around Memorial Day and be on display throughout the summer. The spectacular photos enhance the boardwalk scene and showcase the amazing talent of Rockaway photographers.
In an attempt at fairness, the judges from the Jamaica Bay – Rockaway Parks Conservancy, The NYC Parks Department, NYC Ferry, The Rockaway Times staff, and John Cori, who first prompted The Rockaway Times to start this contest in 2015, were provided the photos with just numbers and no names attached.
From the initial 1300+ photos, 341 photos were selected to move to the next round. That’s worth repeating! More than 300 made it to the second round. The third round narrowed the field to 184. Subsequent rounds, each tougher than the last, continued until the Top 30 remained.
Several photographers are no strangers to the Top 30. They’ve submitted photos that have made the finals or even won the competition. A few photogs find themselves with more than one photo in this year’s Top 30. Bravo!
At a ceremony on the boardwalk, at a yet-to-be-determined date, a grand-prize winner will be chosen. The talented winner will get $500 and have his or her photo on the front page of The Rockaway Times.
And though we can say unabashedly that the Top 30 are great, we know some wonderful and deserving photos did not make the cut. Some came up short in the voting but deserve some recognition and we’ll name Honorable Mentions in future editions of The Rockaway Times.
The cover for The 2021 Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide has yet to be selected and this photo won’t necessarily be from the Top 30. All 1,300 photos will be considered to grace the summer magazine that is a Rockaway keepsake, which will be published Thursday, May 27.
The Rockaway Times thanks its co-sponsors, the Jamaica Bay – Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC), NYC Parks, and NYC Ferry and we extend thanks to all who submitted photos and would like to exclaim: Rockaway’s Got So Much Talent!
(See pages 17, 18 and 19 for Top 30 choices. Honorable Mention photos will be in future editions of The Rockaway Times).
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