Gateway 2016 Photography Contest

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Date: June 29, 2016
Contact: Daphne Yun, 718-354-4602

The annual Gateway National Recreation Area (Gateway) photography contest will be held during the month of July.  For this competition, we are asking you to tell us the story of "I found my park!  It's Gateway!" through your pictures.  The pictures must be recent (taken within the current year), and should be clearly taken at Gateway.

Points will be scored by pictures that tell a story and are easily identified as taken at Gateway, by demonstrating recognizable features of the park.  The overall theme is Gateway- nature/people/park images against the backdrop of the New York/ New Jersey metropolitan area.  For example, a full frame photo of a bird on a beach or a prickly pear cactus in bloom, will not be accepted.  We want pictures that show the context within the park and in the vicinity of the metropolitan area.

Contest entries will be judged by a committee comprised of NPS staff and professional photographers, and the top 10 images will be placed on Facebook for crowd sourced voting.  The winners and top contenders will win modest cash prizes and will be included in an exhibit at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in the fall.  All photos that are submitted will enter the Public Domain.  Each person may submit up to three images.  Please do not submit pictures that are copyrighted or that you want to sell.  All submissions must be electronic, no paper or print images may be submitted.  Please submit photos of at least 600 dpi during the month of July to  Pictures that do not fill the contest guidelines or those that have insufficient dpi will not be accepted.

For more information and rules, please visit  First prize is $100, second prize is $50, and third prize is $25.  So send us your best shots!

About Gateway National Recreation Area

Established in 1972, Gateway National Recreation Area offers more than 26,000 acres of marshes, wildlife sanctuaries and recreational athletic facilities, miles of sandy beaches; indoor and outdoor classrooms; picnicking and camping areas, as well as historic structures and military installations, airfields, a lighthouse, and adjacent waters around New York harbor.  The park offers urban residents in two states a wide range of recreational opportunities year round.  The National Park Service will celebrate it's 100th birthday on August 25, 2016.  Gateway is offering a number of events this summer to invite people into the park and be part of a the NPS's next 100 years.  For more information about Gateway's upcoming public programs, see the park's web site at  To join the conversation about Gateway, like us on our Facebook page



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