Photo Walk & Scavenger Hunt Challenge

Welcome to the 2019 Photo Walk & Scavenger Hunt Challenge taking place on The High Line! This is the official kick-off event of our festival weekend: Your chance to explore a unique and magical New York City landmark while testing your creative photography talents. Just like The High Line, our 2019 Challenge is FREE!


Friday, October 11th 2019
6:00pm - 7:30pm



Upon arrival (directions listed below) you will be greeted by a team of AAHSFF volunteers who will provide you with the official printed “challenge” itinerary. This document will include the competition rules and guidelines and detailed instructions for each required photo stop and theme. 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!

The theme of this year’s challenge is “JUXTAPOSITION: The NYC Experience, Where Micro Meets Macro” Just a little teaser to get your creativity flowing… Additional details and information will be made available upon arrival. 


The competition will begin at the 14th Street passage of the New York City 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.

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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.

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Rules & 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 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:

    • FullName_Stop1.JPEG

    • FullName_Stop2.JPEG

    • FullName_Stop3.JPEG

    • FullName_Stop4.JPEG

    • FullName_Stop5.JPEG

  • The deadline for submissions is Sunday, October 20th at 11:59 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

    • Originality/Creativity

    • Sense of Story

    • Overall Artistic Impression

      • Composition/Design

      • Color, Lighting, Exposure and Focus

    • Entertainment/Wow Factor!

  • 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.