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The World’s Most Famous Building, seen through your eyes.

To this day, the iconic Empire State Building is the World's Most Famous Building! The tower has long been an inspiration for many, shining through NYC’s toughest times as a symbol of strength, perseverance and prosperity. A Grand Prize winner ($5,000), a Second-Place winner ($1,500), and 10 Category winners ($500) will be chosen in the 2024 Digital Content Contest.

See below for this year’s categories, and additional information on this year’s prizes!

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See Official Rules for details. Ends 8/31/24. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

Grand Prize Winner:


Our 2024 Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000. The winning content will be displayed on the Empire State Building’s social channels and will also be featured in the building’s Fifth Avenue lobby windows.

Second Place Winner:


The Second-Place winner will receive $1,500 and may also have their photo featured in the Empire State Building’s Fifth Avenue lobby windows and on the building’s social channels.

Category Winners:


Each category winner will receive $500. Eight winners will be selected. Winners may also have their photo featured in the Empire State Building’s Fifth Avenue lobby windows and on the building’s social channels.


We’re evening the playing field for amateurs and pros alike with 11 potential categories for you to choose from when submitting your entry. Select the one that best applies to your photo!

In addition to our grand prize and second place winners, we will also be selecting a category winner for each category—and that could be YOU!

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General Entry

Select this if none of the other categories apply to your photo!

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Observatory Views

Photos of the Empire State Building’s iconic views! Entries in this category must be taken from one of our Observatories.

Beginner Entry

Totally new to photography? Select this category! Please only enter this category if you would not classify yourself as either a hobby or professional photographer.

SmartPhone Shot

This category is perfect for phone photographers! Please only submit to this category if your entry was taken on an iPhone or similar smart phone.

Photoshop / Edit

Get creative with it! From backgrounds to starry-night skies, this category is perfect for images with creative edits. Entries in this category should have edits that are clearly photoshopped (or via another photo editing application), as opposed to simple lighting changes, etc.

photoshopped empire state building
empire state building sunset
Sunset & Sunrise

This is for all you sunrise & sunset visitors! If you’ve photographed the sunrise or sunset from our Observatories or from afar, select this category during entry.

Weather Shot

Rainbows, stormy skies & snow squalls are just the tip of the iceberg for this category! If your entry features some crazy weather, select this while entering! Views & exterior images are both accepted.

View from the Empire State Building Observatory
ESB x City Wide

All about those high-up aerials! If you’ve captured a photo that shows large parts of the city including the Empire State Building, this is your category.


Nothing is better than the city that never sleeps, or the Empire State Building that glows among it! Capture your best shot of the building among the city lights after sunset with long exposure photography.

empire state building at night
black and white empire state building

Have an AMAZING clip of the Empire State Building? Submit a high-resolution 30 second entry, portrait or landscape, of the building in her glory.