Social Distancing in the Great Outdoors

When New York State shut down last Spring so many events that we had planned didn’t happen. We weren’t able to host our Annual Spring Fundraiser and we weren’t able to announce the overall winner of The Great Outdoors Photo Contest. 


So many people have been visiting Pelham Bay and Orchard Beach since the spring when we asked you to start taking pictures as you were enjoying the outdoors and social distancing in the park. It’s finally time to start submitting your photos!


We will be accepting photos in our last category, Social Distancing in the Great Outdoors from October 25th – October 31st.  Please submit your photos that were taken in Pelham Bay Park and Orchard Beach from March 16, 2020 through October 16, 2020.  Show us some new places you’ve explored or how you or others have been  using the park in a new way. Unlike other categories, this category requires your photos to have been taken during this time period.


Please submit one photo to Make sure to include a photo caption, subject of the image, the location where it was taken, the date photo was taken, and the name of the photographer. The rules and regulations for the contest are on our website (


If you choose to include recognizable people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted, and you must be able to provide copies of those releases to the Friends upon request. Entrants must not submit images that involve human nudity, the willful harassment of wildlife, or damage to the environment by the photographer; place any individual or animal in danger; or infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person.

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