The Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. has announced the Grand Prize winner of the fourth annual “My Empire State Building” contest. Amateur photographers of all skill levels were invited to participate in the contest that ran from October 1 through November 2, 2015. As one of the most photographed landmarks in the world, the annual contest has become an opportunity for people to present many different perspectives of both the exterior of the building and the view from its world-famous 86th and 102nd floor Observatories.
The winner, Gary Hershorn, will be awarded a prize of $5,000 for his photo highlighting the beauty of the iconic Empire State Building (ESB), and its central place as the heart of New York City. Additionally, Runner-Up Marissa Durnan, will be awarded a $2,000 prize.
The winning photo will be featured as ESB’s Facebook and Twitter profile pictures through January 11, 2016. Mr. Hershorn’s photo will also be showcased in a display in the Empire State Building’s highly trafficked Fifth Avenue lobby windows along with the photo entries from the Runner-Up, the 24 finalists, and the 4 weekly winners who were chosen during the contests duration.
“To photograph the Empire State Building is to join a group of millions of people worldwide who have also captured the essence of New York City in a picture. These contestants stood out for their capture of truly unique moments in moving and emotive compositions. We are continuously impressed by Empire State Building fans and their talents highlighted by the images they capture and share,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and CEO of ESRT. “This contest expresses just how much we value our fans and followers.”
Throughout 2016, the finalists will be celebrated by having their photos showcased to ESB’s global online community via the building’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Additionally, the finalists may be featured in future ESB materials.
Entries for the contest were accepted via ESB’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/EmpireStateBuilding) or via Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #ESBHeartofNYC.