Transit Photo Contest Down to Ten Finalists – Time to Vote

The transit photo contest held by the Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives has moved into the final round. Five finalists have been selected for the photo that most captures New York City’s transit system at its best, and five have been chosen to represent the system at its worst. You can vote for your favorite here.

The winning photographers will each receive a free monthly MetroCard, while the winning photographs will be used in an ad campaign making the case for better transit, so choose carefully.

Not to influence your vote or anything, but I voted for the two photographs above. In the “best of transit” category, I thought this shot of light streaming onto a subway was just beautifully composed, though the image of three boys showing off for the camera best represents my favorite moments on the train. In the “worst of,” I had to vote for the picture of sludge piled up at the Canal Street station; that station is right next to Streetsblog HQ, so that pick was personal. Let us know in comments which you voted for.

Be sure to check out the full photo galleries as well. Some of the best photos in each category didn’t make it into the final round at all, and they’re well worth a look.

  • I appreciate what the Straphangers do, but their presentation of the finalists leaves much to be desired. Small thumbnails, no identification of location. This contest could be far more powerful. 

  • Mark Walker

    Interesting to compare this to the PIX11 Mocker photo contest, which focuses exclusively on negative images of the system, continuing Mocker’s MTA demonizing and reinforcing his perpetual subtext that the transit system is too far gone to be worth saving.

  • Anonymous

    Ah, go with your gut, Noah & all — vote for those cute little boys having a good time, and hope that they will charm our politicians into fully funding our crumbling transit system.  Full disclosure:  One of them happens to be my son.

  • carma

    uggh.. canal street.  the reason its called canal street.  hnmm.. can it possibly be that there really is a canal running through it..  (actually there is)

    the bad galleries really sums it up.  expect to pay $3.00 soon for this “wonderful” service.

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