June 14, 2019
Its upper reaches are the focal points of an annual footrace up 86 flights of stairs (1,576 steps in all) and a contest for couples who want to marry or renew their vows on Valentine’s Day in a ceremony at its world-famous observatory. Yet, there’s also a competition that potentially involves all of the Empire State Building (ESB), or full-length views of it at any rate.
The building’s eighth annual photo contest launches on June 17, and runs through Sept. 6. Photographers of all skill levels from around the globe are invited to enter their original photos of “The World’s Most Famous Building” for a chance to gain international exposure and win a grand prize of $5,000. In addition to the grand prize, ESB will also award one runner-up prize of $1,500 and choose up to 48 finalists.
It isn’t as though the Midtown Manhattan landmark has ever needed to offer fortune and fame to induce people to line it up in their camera lenses, of course. “As one of the most photographed attractions in New York City, ESB is a global landmark and renowned must-see experience,” according to a release. “It continues to inspire countless photographers to capture breathtaking photos every day.”
One reason that the ESB possesses such a magnetic attraction to shutterbugs is the options it presents for photographing it. There aren’t too many ways to run up 1,576 steps, after all, but the ESB can be captured on film or in pixels from any number of vantage points.
The photo contest makes that point. Contestants can submit their entries of the ESB’s exterior, interior or “impressive unobstructed 36-degree outdoor views.” Moreover, the release states, “The brand-new entrance on 34th Street and upgraded guest experience provide visitors with even more recallable moments and ample opportunities for spectacular photos,” including a 25-foot architectural model of the building.
“This year’s contest expands to more countries than ever before,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, SVP of ESB’s Observatory. “For the first time, we welcome photos by ESB fans from Australia, France, Germany, India, Japan, and South Korea, in addition to our prior participating fans from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada for a chance to showcase their best shot of our world-famous landmark. We are excited to see ESB through the lenses of our international fans.”
Pictured: The grand prize winning photo in the 2018 contest
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