NYC Photography Documentary Giveaway!!

New York City


Hello New York! We’ve been here for the past few days, taking in all the sights, and shooting away. Everyone always told us we had to visit, so we figured we should see what all the fuss was about.

Well, of course they were right, this place is incredible! In just a few days we’ve already seen more than we could have imagined, and taken countless photos. It’s really a photographer’s playground!

So, to open up the fun to everyone, we’re going to have a little giveaway! We recently watched an amazing documentary, and want to share it with you. This one is called Bill Cunningham: New York. It’s about an 80 year old photographer who is a living legend here in New York. He shoots for the Style section of the New York Times, and, as Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue says, “We all get dressed for Bill”. An amazing look at a photographer who seems to have an unlimited amount of energy for his art!

One lucky reader is going to get a copy of Bill Cunningham: New York, for their own photography documentary library!

To enter to win, simply leave a comment below answering the following question:

What’s your favourite thing to photograph in New York?  (Or, if you haven’t been before, then what would you like to photograph in New York?)


  • One entry per person please!
  • The contest runs for one week, and closes on Friday, June 29 at midnight Pacific Time.
  • Make sure to leave a valid email address so we can contact you if you win!
  • Winner will be chosen at random

Good luck everyone!

Rob + Lauren :)

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  1. I would love to photograph NYC from various points – Empire State Building timed exposure evening shot; the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square. There are far too many places to list, but I'd wear out several SD cards, to be sure!

  2. The people and the architecture!!

  3. Cant wait!!
    My favorite thing to photography are children.. Not babies but children!! Anyone over two!!

  4. Heather LaBounty says:

    While I have never been there I think I would enjoy photographing the people the most! There is such an eclectic group of people in New York that work so well together in every day activities. I love different cultures, you can go from "Little Italy" on one corner to an Indian community on the next.

  5. I love trying to capture the life that goes around Washington Square Park in the village, especially during the summer. With all the people hanging about either for quick or leisurely lunch, just to cool off by the fountain or jut to check out the skaters or buskers. There's a great snippet of the electricity that NYC brings out in one little hub

  6. Filipe Pereira says:

    I never went to NY but i think that is a trademark of this city is the fact that never sleeps! So i would to photograph the crowd and traffic, both day and night!

  7. Hi Lauren and Rob,

    Thanks guys for the contest and the great post. I hope you guys are having a blast in NY. We will be there in a week or so! Can't wait. I was wondering are you guys coming down to Florida :) That would be awesome! Anyhow, to answer the question, I would love to shoot the buildings from the other side of the river.

    Thanks again guys for your awesomeness!!
    Khaled Mosli

  8. The NY Style! I would love to photograph the fashion of New Yorkers.

  9. Bob Tankersley says:

    I haven't been back to NYC since '89. I would love to get back to shoot architectural details.

    Cunningham is incredible! His shots of Jackie O are so iconic.

  10. Stephanie Zanotti says:

    Central Park where the iconic IMAGINE mosiac lies. There are several benches surrounding it to sit, relax and take it all in. It's a great place to people watch, snap photos, hear an acoustic guitar player jam out, or stop and smell the roses. And just as John Lennon would have wanted us to, it's great place to just sit and imagine……

  11. That is a very hard question to answer. Everything about NY is a photographer's dream paradise. My wife and I had the privilege of spending a week in NY to celebrate my 50th birthday this time last year. We had such an incredible time and the place we spent the most time in, was Central Park. There are so many wonderful sights to photograph there. Take me back there!

  12. Susan M says:

    I would love to nail my exposure in Time Square. With all the lights and movement, I think that would be exciting!

  13. Since my better half's aunt and uncle own a place in NYC, we get the opportunity to go whenever we want and soak everything in. I love Brooklyn, Dumbo area (underneath the Brooklyn Bridge); Coney Island is super fun to shoot and also, I love catching graffiti and street art. There is no shortage there!! :)

  14. Loved photographing in the various neighbourhoods of NYC – got some fantastic shots in Little Italy and Chinatown. And in 103 more sleeps, I'll have the opportunity to photograph in Manhattan again, and adding Brooklyn into the mix this time. Can't wait!

  15. I would DEFINITELY what to shoot on Broadway!! I looooove musical theatre and it's always been my dream to visit New York and see a show. So, I would definitely want to shoot all of the marquees, bustling people, cars, etc, going on there :)

  16. The Brooklyn Bridge or Central Park. Not a resident of NY but I insist on visiting both these spots to get shots every time I go! Thanks!!

  17. Gina Duran says:

    There's so much to photograph in NYC… I think I'd love to shoot Central Park since I didn't get much of a chance to explore it when I was there last.

  18. Times Square for sure:) But just for the starter…

  19. We're here visiting New York too! My favorite place to shoot so far has been Grand Central Terminal!

  20. Simon B says:

    That is a difficult question! I would be overwhelmed with what to shoot. But If I was to go to New York I would love to capture the culture including the variety of food! Since I'm a foodie :P.

  21. wendy wallach says:

    we love to photograph the George Washington bridge

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  22. Heather Burden says:

    what wouldn't I love to shoot in NYC?!?!?! From the architecture to street fashion. I think it would be pretty cool to get some shots of a favorite musician at radio city too

  23. I've been lucky enough to go there more than once. I cannot resist to photograph the subway and the unsual social dynamics that take place in it. I particularly liked shooting feet and shows and uncovering the very democratic dynamic of the mass transportation service that carries along people from all social classes.

  24. Lucky you to be in NYC!

    My first and only time visiting New York, I landed at Laguardia in the middle of a snow storm which continued through much of the weekend.
    The sun finally broke through the clouds on Sunday and I ventured out to the Brooklyn Flea in One Hanson, camera in hand. Each vendor was a character and had a story. The patrons were just as varied and compelling as the items for sale.

    I walked out of the Flea without buying anything, but I have a collection of images that I love!

    I missed the Cunningham doc when it came through my town – thank you for the reminder to seek it out!

  25. A waitress in a diner with a dream of becoming a model. or a guy on the street who sells hot dogs and dreams of his own restaurant. New York is a city of dreams.

  26. I love food…like to photograph street vendors, different food in NY…can't wait to go back there again…

  27. Me and my lovely girlfriend Gillian are off to NY in November and i guess i would just love to take pictures of her, in various places :) This article is getting me even more excited! x

  28. Definitely the people and the clothes!!

  29. I have always been drawn to the cultural fabric of the city I was born in. That's what I would document.

  30. I would love to photograph Central Park – all the people and the wildlife.

  31. I've only been to NY once very briefly and remember nothing so I'd be eagerly photographing everything. Thanks for the chance!

  32. The forest of tall buildings and the people who crowd the streets.

  33. Hi Rob and Lauren! As a New Yorker, I love to photograph my own kids in and around the city! I should probably go in one day and pretend to be a tourist — I’ll bet I’d see the city with new eyes. Would love to win the documentary …

  34. Hi Rob and Lauren! As a New Yorker, I love to photograph my own kids in and around the city! I should probably go in one day and pretend to be a tourist — I’ll bet I’d see the city with new eyes. Would love to win the documentary …

  35. A followup to the awesome documentary Dark Days.

  36. Well amoung the fashion, celebrities, and awesome street photography shots possible— I would be sure to shoot some NY style pizza— and then eat it!!!!!!!! xoxo Sarah

  37. Jeff Turado says:

    I would love to capture everything about NYC! from people, streets, architecture, etc. As they say, the Big Apple is the city that never sleeps, so taking pictures of NY 24/7 is an awesome thing to do! :)

  38. The things you don't see anywhere else – yellow cabs as far as the eye can see, corners of Central Park and classic NY architecture.

  39. The city by night, coming back from Long Island.
    And the fashion and the people in the street of course !

  40. Sounds like an incredible documentary! I haven't been (except for a brief airport stopover) but I'd love to photograph the New York Skyline and the people! I'm sure NY is full of interesting and unique photo opportunities!

  41. I love clouds with buildings in the shot. So many ways you can take the picture, and you will never have the same picture twice.

  42. I know it's not the most unique answer, but definitely the Brooklyn Bridge. There is something about that bridge – its color, its shape, its texture, the drama of the hazy NYC light, and the fact that it's an iconic piece of architecture and at the same time just a part of a local's daily run. I love it.

  43. I've never been to NYC but I plan to in the near future. I'd love to photograph my family in FAO Swartz and Coney Island, and the photograph Grand Central station. NYC would be so much fun I think.

  44. My favorite thing to photograph in NYC is the ground. It can tell so many stories and give so many perspectives.

  45. I'm going to be travelling to New York in August and can't wait to see all the amazing sites. I don't think I have any one spot in mind that I want to shoot, I just want to take the whole city in. My goal is to have others experience New York, as I do, through my photos. I can't wait!

  46. Natalie O'Neill says:

    NYC is on my bucket list. I have always dreamed of going to the top of the Statue of Liberty. As 9/11 closed that possiblitly. I would still have the Statue of Liberty as #1 on my photography list.

  47. Natalie O'Neill says:

    NYC is on my bucket list. I have always dreamed of going to the top of the Statue of Liberty. As 9/11 closed that possiblitly. I would still have the Statue of Liberty as #1 on my photography list.

  48. Jessica Barnett says:

    Hey guys.

    Thanks so much for this post, and all your other amazing posts; you guys have really helped me in my own photography.

    Going to NY had always been a dream of mine and I finally went about 3 years ago. The friend I was with warned me not to take too many pictures (knowing I would) so I tried to limit myself so I could just enjoy the experience of actually being there.

    But by the end of my trip I realized that seeing NY through my lens gave me the power to control the chaotic environment. I could compose shots and have my own input on everything that was going on around me.

    I was blown away by the architecture and how central park can seem so far away from the rest of the world, and yet you can just look up (by the way be careful of getting a sore neck from looking up at all those buildings!) and see such beautiful corporate buildings.

    Anyway, sorry for the ramble (I fell in love with the place), I didn't really get a chance to photograph the people of NY. I'd love to photograph them first and foremost – from the tourists, to the fashionistas, to the joggers in Central Park, to the NYU students, to the employees on Wall Street to the kids playing ball on Brooklin streets.

    It's the people that make New York.

  49. Robyn Navarro says:

    Details on the buildings, Motion, And Feet.

  50. Danielle Brooks says:

    I wasn't a photographer when I went to New York for my very 1st and only time but I would love to photograph some stuff like the Brooklyn Bridge and the city at night, and HDR stuff, times square, and the statue of liberty.

  51. Being a Toronto girl I've been there but pre photographer days. I would love to do some street photography.

  52. I would spend so much time at intersections trying to nail the perfect cyclist in motion shot. Against the back drop of the NY streets, and dispersed with yellow cabs! I would love that shot in my portfolio!

  53. I love to shoot the people in NY, so many different faces and cultures going on. There is so much to take in and I love it all. I can wonder around the city for days. It never seems to get old!

  54. Tiffany says:

    I love NYC. I've only gotten the opportunity to go once, but it was a huge highlight in my life. I'm from the country, so having a chance to be in the city was amazing.

  55. the subways. amazing.

  56. Hey Rob + Lauren,

    Bill Cunningham is like THE quintessential street photographer. His curiousity has inspired me. If I had the opportunity, I would shoot a special portrait series of the cab drivers in New York; get maybe, say, 50 and interview them to find out where they're from, how long they've been driving cabs, and if their plan is/was to continue driving cabs or springboard to something else.

  57. Alison S says:

    For sure the hidden subway station. I am obsessed with hidden places!

  58. I've never been to New York, in fact, the idea scares me! I just associate new york with muggings and murder in central park. But, if I do ever go, I would Love to photograph Times Square and Broadway and, oddly, Central Park. Preferably without experiencing my own murder! hehehe

  59. Jodie Lemke says:

    Thank you so much for the opportunity!
    I've never been but i really really want to go. we actually plan to next year! I love how different the culture is there. I am from BC Canada and it seems so dense there and the amount of buildings are unreal! So different from here. But ultimately I would love to get an amazing snap of the sunset there. :)

  60. Cynthia Wheaton says:

    I've never visited New York City, but I would love to photograph the beautiful architecture, as well as, people interacting within the environment.

  61. I loved photographing everything! Everything has so much history, so many stories, and a lot of character. Capturing daily life in NYC is something I wish to photograph next time I am there.

  62. I loved shooting the city skyline from the ferry but found myself shooting all the beautiful downtown churches and their antient graveyards. Central Park, ground zero, occupy protest and strawberry fields of course. And, and, and…….

  63. I love shooting in Central Park. There is so much culture there…you can get street photography, entertainers, wildlife, skylines, water… Oh my gosh!! It is such a fun place and it is rich with photography opportunities.

  64. I know the giveaway is closed but I just wanted to leave a comment to tell you I cannot wait to see your take on NY. make sure you have scones from Two Little Red Hens. They are on 2nd I believe.

  65. My favorite thing to photograph in New York is the hectic scene in Times Square. The sheer lighting of the entire place makes for beautiful shots. I remember one of the shots I took with my very first camera (the Canon Rebel t2i) was of Times Square. The beautiful shot that came out made me realize that I loved photography.

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