Photo Walk & Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Welcome to the 2019 Photo Walk and Scavenger Hunt Challenge taking place on New York City’s High Line! This is the official kick-off event of our festival weekend and your chance to explore a unique and magical NYC landmark while testing your creative photography talents. And, just like The High Line, our 2019 Photo Walk is FREE!
Friday, October 11th 6:00pm - approx. 7:30pm
Important! This event will take place RAIN OR SHINE. Our Photowalk is a FREE event open to all AAHSFF and Photog Fest Participants. You must RSVP for this event, the RSVP form can be found at the bottom of this page.
Our Photo Walk and Scavenger Hunt Challenge begins at the 14th Street Passage (A covered passageway located between 14th and 15th St. Accessed via the staircase at 14th St. and 10th Ave.) and concludes at the 26th St. Viewing Spur (Just a few short blocks from the location of our Opening Night Party!). Of course, you are welcome to continue your walk to the conclusion of the High Line at 34th St. where you can marvel at the majesty and spectacle of The Vessel and Hudson Yards development project.
JUXTAPOSITION: The NYC Experience, Where Micro Meets Macro:
When you arrive at the starting location (the 14th Street Passage, directions below) you will be greeted by a team of AAHSFF volunteers. Our team will provide you with the official challenge itinerary. This will include the competition rules, guidelines and detailed instructions.
The challenge itinerary will also provide you with a list of 5 “photo stop” locations. These stops will include popular attractions along The High Line. Your task will be to walk The High Line, stop at each photo stop and take photographs that will depict a particular abstract theme. These themes will be outlined in your challenge itinerary. From there, it’s all up to you and your creative lens! AAHSFF volunteers will also be available at several locations throughout the walk to share unique props, offer creative advice, answer questions, and of course, to simply say HELLO!
After you complete the walk and fulfill your theme requirements you will have 10 days to sort, edit and submit your photos for judging, submissions rules can be found below. Our judges will select one winning photographer (based on the collection of all 5 final photos). The winner will be announced on Friday, October 25th via our website and social media channels.
About The High Line:
The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Saved from demolition by neighborhood residents and the City of New York, the High Line opened in 2009 as a hybrid public space where visitors experience nature, art, and design. The High Line is more than a park. It’s a public space where you can view art, walk through gardens, experience a performance, savor delicious food, or just connect with friends and neighbors—while enjoying a unique perspective of the city.
Built on a historic, elevated freight line, the High Line has become a world-renowned inspiration for how cities can transform industrial infrastructure into beautiful, hybrid public spaces.
Starting Location: 14th Street Passage
461 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014
Accessed via the staircase at 14th St. and 10th Ave
Ending Location: 26th St. Viewing Spur
501-511 W 26th St New York, NY 10001
Opening Night Party: Centre For Social Innovation
601 W 26th St #325, New York, NY 10001
This event is EXCLUSIVE for All-Access pass holders with the Opening Night Party Option purchased. These passes are limited, for more info about this pass click here.
Helpful High Line links:
High Line website: https://www.thehighline.org/
High Line App: https://www.thehighline.org/app/
Link to All Access Points/Restrooms/Handicap Access: https://www.thehighline.org/visit/
Link to Transportation Options: https://www.thehighline.org/visit/
Rules and Guidelines:
IMPORTANT: Student participants will be representing their school, community, and AAHSFF while taking photos on the High Line. We expect all participants to conduct themselves in a professional manner and to show respect to the historic shoot locations as well as the great people of NYC.
You may shoot on either a smartphone, digital camera or traditional camera (or any combination of these devices).
You can take as many photos as you wish at each official stop and throughout your walk on the High Line. However, you will only submit 5 photos (one for each official stop/theme).
Submissions will be open directly following the competition via our website hsfilmfest.com under the “competitions” tab.
There are no restrictions for editing submission photos, but keep in mind that often, less is more.
All photos must be submitted as JPEG files specifically titled in the following format:
The deadline for submissions is Sunday, October 20th at 11:59pm EST.
Our judges will select one winning photographer (based on the collection of all 5 photos). The winner will be announced on Friday, October 25th via our website and social media channels.
Our judges will evaluate submissions based on the following criteria:
Expression of the Theme
Sense of Story
Overall Artistic Impression
Color, Lighting, Exposure and Focus
The Prize: The winner will receive a comprehensive prize package including:
A private skype session with a professional photographer and festival judge.
Featured placement on all festival social media channels.
A 2019 festival swag package.
Important! This event will take place RAIN OR SHINE. Our Photowalk is a FREE event open to all AAHSFF and Photog Fest Participants. You must RSVP for this event.