Friends of Pelham Bay Park hosts Picture the Park! photo contest

Friends of Pelham Bay Park hosts Picture the Park! photo contest
Pelham Bay Park. (File)

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but yours may help you win some great prizes.

Since February, the Friends of Pelham Bay Park have been conducting a photography contest entitled ‘Picture the Park!’ with Pelham Bay Park as its main subject.

The contest features five categories including ‘Seasons’, ‘People in the Park’, ‘Wildlife’, ‘Infused by Bronx History’, and ‘Scenic Vistas’.

Although the deadlines for ‘Seasons’, ‘People in the Park’, ‘Wildlife’, and ‘Infused by Bronx History’ have since passed, there is still time to submit for the ‘Scenic Vistas’ category.

Lizbeth Gonzalez, FPBP’s president, explained voting occurs via the group’s Facebook page and the top six photos receiving the most ‘likes’ in each of the five categories will be recognized in an upcoming public exhibit.

The top photo earning the most Facebook likes in each category will be declared the winner of its respective group.

Voting for ‘Infused by Bronx History’ photographs will occur between April 12 through April 25.

The deadline for ‘Scenic Vistas’ is from April 26 to May 2 and voting occurs on May 3 until May 16.

Photographers must be at least 18 or older to submit their images and are asked to email them via as only pictures sent electronically will be accepted.

For additional information as well as contest rules, terms and conditions, visit

“The overall response has been way more than initially expected and it’s a wonderful way for photographers to become known through their works,” Gonzalez, a lifelong photographer and photography admirer expressed. “Each of these photographs we receive tells a story and our goal is to use them to highlight the beauty and diversity of New York City’s largest park, Pelham Bay Park.”

She added these photographs will be used for visual outreach purposes via their website and Facebook page as well as through materials like brochures and flyers.

Deborah Wye, FPBP’s communications chairwoman, said Friends of Pelham Bay Park have so far received approximately 40 photographs and 1,061 votes for their Picture the Park! contest.

On Thursday, June 11, the top 30 contest winners will have their works proudly displayed at the City Island Nautical Museum and are invited to a reception at the museum in mid-June to retrieve their works following this exhibit’s conclusion.

“The pictures I’ve seen so far have been absolutely stunning and perfectly capture Pelham Bay Park’s iconic beauty and we are hoping people will take full advantage of this contest. City Island is proud to host this event at our museum,” Barbara Dolensek, City Island Nautical Museum vice president expressed.

Dolensek added the exhibit will move to Huntington Free Library and perhaps Poe Cottage which has expressed interest in hosting the 2015 Picture the Park! winners.

A grand prize winner’s contest photograph will be professionally framed and mounted and he or she will receive recognition for the prize-winning work.

Friends of Pelham Bay Park would like to thank Wye and Cipriano of the Pelham Bay Park Administrator’s Office for coordinating the contest and City Island Nautical Museum for offering their historic venue to showcase the winning photographs.

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