Sick and tired of overflowing garbage cans at your subway station? Or watching your subway station crumble while waiting for your train? Or are you in love with the sights spied during your commute; from couples to musicians to sunsets on an elevated line?
Or are you just concerned that years of budget cuts may be taking a toll on our subways and buses?
Then enter our subway and bus photo contest. Who are we? We are NYPIRG’s Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives’ Rider Rebellion Campaign, two groups that care about the future of our transit system.
The rules are simple. You can submit up to three (3) photos in each of two categories:
For "Good Transit Scene" photos can depict anything that shows the life and energy of the subway or bus system.
The second category is "Bad Transit Scene." These photos can depict conditions on the subways or buses that need fixing, such as drips (and subway stalactites and stalagmites!) or broken lighting.
Completed entries must be submitted via the online entry form to the Straphangers Campaign by 4 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2011.
Click here to see complete Contest Rules.
The photo contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated. Please click here to see the winners in each category.
Questions? Please contact us
You are allowed to take photographs in and on the New York City transit system. Section 1050.9 (3) of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations states: “Photography, filming or video recording in any facility or conveyance is permitted except that ancillary equipment such as lights, reflectors or tripods may not be used. Members of the press holding valid identification issued by the New York City Police Department are hereby authorized to use necessary ancillary equipment. All photographic activity must be conducted in accordance with the provisions of this Part.” The full rules of transit that list areas of the system that cannot be entered, such as tunnels or bus operators’ seats. Details can be found at: http://www.mta.info/nyct/rules/rules.htm.
An impartial committee will select five finalists in each category. The Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives’ Rider Rebellion Campaign will ask our list of tens of thousands of transit activist subscribers to vote online for their favorite entry in both categories, as well as using social media to get the word out. The top vote getter in each category will be deemed the winner and will be awarded an unlimited-ride 30-day MetroCard. Each of the four runners-up will have their entry posted on our websites and be featured in our ad campaign for better service.
The decision of the impartial committee on the finalists and the winners is final.
The Straphangers Campaign and Riders Rebellion will submit all finalists to transit officials to resolve the problem.