This is one of the entries that will be on display on Thursday.

Just over 30 submissions have been chosen as finalists for the “Brighton Beach Pictured” photo contest organized by the Brighton Beach Business Improvement District, and all will be on exhibit when the winners are announced this Thursday, January 30.

The exhibit is designed to highlight the people, places and spirit of the area, and is being judged by a combination of locals and photography experts. It kicks off at 6:00 p.m. and lasts until 9:00 p.m. at The National restaurant, 273 Brighton Beach Avenue. It’s free and open to the public.

“Brighton is unique and we wanted to challenge photographers to describe that uniqueness,” said Yelena Makhnin, the executive director of the BID, in a press release. “The photos we received are amazing. The talented photographers that responded were up to the challenge and the result is stunning exhibition that provides a multidimensional portrait of a great New York neighborhood.”

The BID posted the best submissions to their website, and it’s being whittled down a little further for the Thursday exhibit by a panel of judges that included photographers Robert Lobe, and Gregory Leshé and Brooklyn Community Board 13 District Manager Charles Reichenthal. Pratt Institute Photography Professor Ellen Wallenstein will select the winning photographs from those on display.

Cash awards of $500, $300 and $150 will be given to the top three photographs, and we’re told there might be some smaller prizes in the works for honorable mentions.

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  • JustMe

    BARF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ned Berke

    What’s wrong with you people? It’s an awesome photo. You’re not looking at Playboy, you’re looking at a well-composed shot that does a damn good job of capturing the color of Brighton Beach in the summer. Grow the hell up.

  • Marina Tushyitchsky

    BARF!!!! EARLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!! ROLPH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jane

    It really is a great picture. Composition is wonderful. Colors are bright and refreshing. And since art is subjective, to those that don’t like it, don’t look.

    • Homebrewer

      Any real photography contest would ask for model releases for any pictures that contain individuals in them. Taking a picture of multiple people on the beach and using it for commercial gain (entry into contest that has cash prizes) is a big no no in most contests.


      From National Geographic:

      Do I need a model release form?

      If any person in your photograph is recognizable, you will need to be
      able to provide National Geographic with a model release form signed by
      that person or those persons. Images of unrecognizable people do not
      need model releases.

      Winning images of recognizable people will be disqualified if the
      photographer cannot provide a valid model release upon request.

      “Recognizable” means that a third party could identify the individual in
      the image, due to the visibility of any distinctive physical features,
      uniform, identification numbers, and so on.

      Do photos of children require model release forms?

      Yes, if the children are recognizable (see answer above). But model
      release forms for people under 18 years old must be signed by the
      subject’s legal guardian—not by children.

      Now count how many people and children can be clearly identified in this picture….

      • Mo Gelber

        you are an idiot. according to the LAW, you only need model release forms if the photo is being used for commercial purposes.

        to enter it in a contest you dont need a release form unless the contest will use the photo for commercial purposes. nat geo and smithsonian SELL copies of winning photos in their contests and therefore require a release form.


    NED you have to be kidding. What’s so great about a fat old cow in a 2 piece bathing suit. She sure has a lot of CHUTZPAH wearing that. Looks like she is related to a WHALE!!!!!!!

  • bill

    It hurts to see us as we really are. Anyone for another cheeseburger?

  • guest

    Didn’t know we had so many people commenting who look as good as Brad Pitt and Jolie. Geez, insulting peoples’ looks at an adult age. Losers.