Announcing our 2015 Daffodil Project Photo Contest

Monday, April 06, 2015

Last year's winning photo, taken by Jay Weber in Astoria Park

The 5.5 million daffodil bulbs planted by volunteers in all five boroughs of New York City over the past 14 years are once again in bloom! In honor of this, we are pleased to announce the opening of our annual Daffodil Project Photo Contest to all amateur photographers, gardeners, and New Yorkers who love their parks and open spaces. We are excited to see the beautiful results of the hard work of the volunteers who have helped to plant bulbs every fall since 2001. 

For more information about where some of the daffodils can be seen, check out our Blooming Map. Get outside, visit your favorite local green space, and help us document this citywide beautification project! The winning photographs in each category will receive two guest passes to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, along with gardening books, a Daffodil Project tote bag, and other goodies! 

Directions for submission:
Email photos to – the deadline to submit photos will be determined at a later date, as the bloom times across the city will vary. Photos must be in jpeg format with resolution suitable for printing (300+ dpi). The photograph of the blooming daffodil(s) must have been taken in one of NYC’s five boroughs in the spring of 2015. 

We are excited to announce that for this year’s Daffodil Photo Contest there will be three categories that participants can submit photos to: Daffodils in the City, Daffodils and the Community, and Daffodils and Animals. We will select one winner from each category.

Photo Guidelines:

City: Landscape and cityscape photos are both beautiful in their own right, but they can be especially powerful when they are combined. For this category, we are looking for images that capture daffodils in their urban context. This can include buildings, NYC landmarks, and anything of or relating to our urban environment. 

: As spring progresses, daffodils will be enjoyed by thousands of New Yorkers, all thanks to the efforts of the dedicated volunteers that make the Daffodil Project possible. Submissions for this category can include daffodils with the organization/individuals that planted them, scenes of daffodils in high foot traffic areas, and images capturing your neighbors, passersby, and the community at large enjoying the daffodils in bloom. 

Animals: Our pets and native fauna all enjoy New York City’s open spaces, and this is the perfect opportunity to capture them and daffodils together! For this category, photos can include daffodils with dogs, cats, squirrels, migratory birds, insects, and yes, even some of our less popular native wildlife (pigeons and rodents, we’re looking at you) enjoying the blooming flowers.

When submitting your photograph, please provide the following in the body of the email: name of photographer, age of photographer, phone number, address, date the photo was taken, the category you wish to submit the photo to, and the exact location (park, intersection, etc.) where the picture was taken. If you are a member of the community group that planted the bulbs, please include the name of your group as well. Please put “Daffodil Project Photo Contest submission” in the subject line of the email. 

All submissions will be uploaded to New Yorkers for Parks’ Facebook page. There will be two categories: Photographers 18 and under and Adult Photographers. Winners will be chosen based on content and artistic value. The submissions that receive the highest number of votes from our Facebook “fans” will proceed to the second round of judging. The final decision will be made by New Yorkers for Parks staff. If you would like to vote in the first round, “like” New Yorkers for Parks on Facebook.

Photographers will retain the copyright and all other rights to photographs submitted, except those rights specifically listed below:

You are granting New Yorkers for Parks a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to publish the photographs you enter in editorial, educational, promotional and other uses. You also grant New Yorkers for Parks the right to use your name in connection with the photograph as well as in promotions and other publications associated with the contest. By submitting your photo, you are agreeing to these terms.

Working for a Fuller Parks Budget From City Hall

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March 25, 2015
As budget season begins, the Department of Parks and Recreation needs more operating support to keep parks in good shape, and more funding for studies and capital projects in the midsize parks that anchor our neighborhoods.  At a City Council Parks Committee hearing on March 9, Executive Director Tupper Thomas gave this testimony outlining what we plan to advocate as the budget process moves forward.

Improving Transparency in Conservancy Funding

Friday, January 30, 2015

The New York City Council seeks more thorough reporting on how private conservancies help the public park system thrive. We've made the case for more data sharing and data analysis, across conservancy-aided parks and other parks, to get at the true cost of making parks surpass expectations. Tupper Thomas gave this testimony on the issue at a January 29 hearing. 

Welcoming Innovation on the Hudson River Waterfront

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
The Hudson River Park Trust's proposal for Pier55 combines culture, recreation and landscape in a pioneering waterfront design. We've spoken out in support of the proposal in the public review process, with special respect to its well-funded maintenance plan. Click here to see Executive Director Tupper Thomas' testimony at Community Board 2's January 7 hearing. 

Speaking Up for 10,000 Quiet Acres

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
What's the right way to invest in centuries-old forests and marsh that can protect us in a changing city? Executive Director Tupper Thomas weighed in on the question at the City Council Parks and Recreation Committee's first-ever hearing on funding the Natural Areas Conservancy and related projects. Read Tupper's testimony here. 

Highlights from the 2014 Daffodil Project

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NY4P youth planting at P.S. 21 in Staten Island

As winter approaches, we are completing our planting season for this year’s Daffodil Project. This was one of the biggest years in the Project’s history, thanks in large part to the over 875 individuals and civic organizations who planted our bulbs. In total, we distributed 560,000 bulbs to be planted in all corners of New York City. We continued our efforts in neighborhoods still recovering from Sandy, and Roger Clark from NY1 and NY1 Noticias joined our school planting at PS 104 in Far Rockaway on the storm's two-year anniversary. 

We began a new partnership with the Trust for Public Land Schoolyards to Playgrounds program, and continued our partnerships with NYCParks, the Horticultural Society of New York, the New York City Housing Authority, Grow to Learn, Penny Harvest, and the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. Over 240 schools received bulbs, and volunteers reported that they would be planting bulbs with over 25,000 kids throughout the five boroughs. New York City will bloom brightly this spring thanks to the efforts of everyone who planted bulbs this fall.

Urging NYC to Build on Park Equity Promise

Thursday, November 20, 2014
At the November 5 City Council Parks Committee hearing on the Community Parks Initiative (CPI), Executive Director Tupper Thomas praised the City’s plan to address capital and maintenance needs in many small neighborhood parks. NY4P also called on the City Council to build on this progress with stronger baseline funding for park maintenance and staffing, as well as overall improvements to more City parks, especially midsize ones. Read our testimony here.

Finding New Paths to Park Funding

Thursday, November 20, 2014
On November 6, with the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and NYU Wagner’s Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems, we convened experts and advocates to discuss new ways to finance parks in front of a standing-room-only audience, including Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver. Board member Chris Rizzo, who practices land-use law at Carter Ledyard & Millburn, kicked things off with a white paper outlining inventive paths to steady park funding. NY4P is eager to continue moving forward with new ideas for the City to creatively fund parks. 

New Yorkers for Parks Statement on Community Parks Initiative

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Ranaqua Playground, Mott Haven, Bronx

NEW YORK, NY – The following is a statement from New Yorkers for Parks Executive Director Tupper Thomas:

“With today’s significant investment in neighborhood parks, the de Blasio administration and City Council have made a strong commitment to building a better park system for all New Yorkers.

The Community Parks Initiative is smart parks policy that takes the long view. It starts with a number of well-targeted capital projects in high-need areas, and delivers a sustained investment in those areas, from maintenance funding to programming, to stewardship cultivation. The Initiative will begin the long-term task of rebuilding the city's neighborhood parks and playgrounds. It isn’t just a quick fix: the program lays the groundwork for community building in many areas of the city that need it most.

“Addressing park equity issues has long been at the heart of New Yorkers for Parks’ research and advocacy, so it is particularly gratifying to see many of the policies for which we have advocated – a Parks Department capital budget allocated more in accordance with need, and dedicated maintenance funding to accompany that capital budget – being implemented by the mayor today. The City Council, led by Speaker Mark-Viverito and Parks Chairman Levine, deserves credit, too, for securing funding through the budget process for much of the Community Parks Initiative’s maintenance component.

“There are, of course, alternate ways to fund parks, and we look forward to working with the administration and Council to explore thoughtful, productive measures to bolster public spending. But the key to addressing park equity issues has always been meaningful public-sector investment, and that’s exactly what the mayor and Council have delivered.” 

NY4P Appoints Emily Walker as Director of Outreach and Programs

Friday, September 12, 2014

We’re pleased to announce the appointment of Emily Walker as our new Director of Outreach and Programs. Emily has been with NY4P since April of 2012, and previously served as our Community Outreach and Events Coordinator. Many of you may know Emily through our annual Daffodil Project, which she has overseen since starting at NY4P. Under her leadership, the Project has reached record numbers of New Yorkers and forged many new partnerships. Prior to starting at NY4P, Emily worked for Tom Hayden in Los Angeles, where she assisted with research and helped oversee the incorporation of The Peace and Justice Resource Center, a 501(c)3 organization.

Emily is eager to expand NY4P’s outreach initiatives throughout the five boroughs. With the de Blasio administration’s new focus on park equity, NY4P will be working to grow our outreach staff and programs, and we are thrilled to have Emily continuing her work with us in this capacity.