"See the Most, Be the Most" Photo Competition Winner
This summer, NYC & Company interns were challenged to create awareness of Get More NYC, a program to help locals and visitors to take full advantage of the City's offerings. One group of interns created a photography contest named "See the Most, Be the Most," which asked residents and tourists to submit photos that represent what New York City means to them. After considering the entries, our jury chose a photograph that beautifully captures the City's sensibility. The image, taken by Megan Duffy of Astoria, Queens, shows the Statue of Liberty at sunset. A fund-raiser and grants administrator at Beth Israel Medical Center, Duffy also works as a portrait photographer, enjoys exploring vintage shops in the City and loves to cheer on the Mets. As the competition winner, she receives a $150 gift certificate to B&H, NYC's photography and electronics mecca. The prize supports Duffy's efforts to continue documenting New York City at its finest.
Where are you from?
Megan Duffy: I grew up in New Jersey, but moved to the City four-and-a-half years ago. I live in Astoria.
What makes NYC home to you?
MD: Living here is comfortable and familiar, yet spontaneous and fresh; the City and I have a symbiotic relationship. It's a great feeling to know that some of the world's greatest museums, restaurants, bars and shops—not to mention my friends—are only a subway, or taxi, ride away. This city can be anything you want it to be. For me, it's home.
If you could summarize NYC in one word, what would it be?
What drew you to submit a photo for the contest?
MD: I thought the contest would be a good opportunity to share my photo of the Statue of Liberty. The Statue, for so many people, represents the prospect of new opportunities and the hope for a better tomorrow. That's what New York City is all about: fresh starts, new ideas and creating a life worth living.
What about NYC inspires your photography?
MD: Everything about New York City inspires me: the history, the culture, the beauty, the decay, the architecture, the art, the music, the people. This city is so full of life.