Photo by Josef Pinlac

How are you ringing in the Year of the Rooster in the “World’s Borough?”

Borough President Melinda Katz is sponsoring a Lunar New Year photo contest, asking residents, “What does Lunar New Year mean in Queens?”


Entrants of high school age and older are encouraged to submit a photo that reflects a personal experience or connection to the holiday, such as attending a parade, enjoying a traditional meal or viewing decorations in your local neighborhood.

The contest will be divided into two categories: one for high school students and one for adults. The winner of each category receives a $100 cash reward to be presented at the borough president’s Lunar New Year celebration on Feb. 27 at Queens Borough Hall.

Each entrant is allowed to submit one photo and must be the actual photographer of the photo and provide an appropriate caption. The photo also should not have any text on it.

Each photo, along with a contest entry form, must be submitted by Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. Contest winners will be notified by Feb 21.

The contest is co-sponsored by Sinovision, the Flushing Chinese Business Association and the Forest Hills Asian Association. Representatives from Katz’s office and the contest co-sponsors will judge the contest.

“Lunar New Year is a joyous event in which hundreds of thousands of Queens residents recognize their heritage and celebrate with friends and family,” Katz said. “It is therefore most fitting for us to offer people a chance to participate in a photo contest that will encourage people to capture their celebration experience stating ‘The Year of the Rooster.’”

This year’s Lunar New Year celebration began on Saturday, Jan. 28 and traditionally takes place over the course of 15 days.


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