And then there were three. And there was one. That’s how it will happen this Friday, July 30 at Caracas on the boardwalk when The Rockaway Times Photo Contest concludes with a celebration. 

After receiving more than 1,300 entries, judges had the near-impossible task of whittling the number down to a Top 30 in the 2021 Rockaway Times Photo Contest. These fantastic photos were enlarged to poster-size and placed on the boardwalk railing ahead of Memorial Day for all the world to see and admire.

At Friday’s celebration, starting at 5 p.m., Caracas is offering light hors d'oeuvres and happy hour discount pricing on delicious non-alcoholic drinks. All Top 30 entrants will be able to take their photos home. (If your photo is one of the Top 30 and you can’t make it on Friday, the photo will be available to be picked up at the Parks Department office at the Beach 86th Street concession).

So, how’d this all unfold?

After announcing the contest in March and receiving so many great photos, we asked

judges consisting of Rockaway Times staff and folks from NYC Ferry, Jamaica Bay – Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC), NYC Parks and civic leaders to choose their favorites. All photos were numbered (no names attached) before judges got a look.

In a second round of judging, we conducted an online poll, and our Facebook followers selected their three favorites, and these were moved into our Top 10. Nine judges were then asked to select others to complete the Top 10 list. These photos were published in last week’s Rockaway Times. And now a winner must be picked.

On Friday, the Top 10 will be on display and soon after opening remarks, we will announce The Top 3.  Judges will then select from these three a Grand Prize winner who will receive a check for $500 and have their photo on Page 1 of The Rockaway Times.

Runners-up will receive goodies courtesy of the JBRPC and a gift certificate to either Bungalow Bar or Whit’s End. Top 10 finishers also get a t-shirt with their photos.

We at The Rockaway Times are so grateful our readers and supporters make this contest a great annual event. We can’t thank you enough!

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