Congratulations to the winners and semifinalists of our 50th Anniversary Instagram Contest!

Grand Prize: @jackdarylphotography
Second Place: @hankschlessphoto
Third Place: @jw_tsang

Semifinalists: @VaniaJArroyo, @haleedayburg, @msmimmy, @swkcam
Honorable Mention: @sangeeta.pix

To celebrate our 50th Anniversary, the Friends will be installing unique flagpole banners throughout downtown Boston, and we need your help! Through July 15, we hosted an Instagram contest in search of stunning images for each of the banners. Take a look at the winning photos below!

Grand Prize: @jackdarylphotography

Second Place: @hankschlessphoto

Third Place: @jw_tsang

Semifinalists & Honorable Mention: @VaniaJArroyo, @haleedayburg, @msmimmy, @swkcam



1. Visit the submission page
2. After submitting online, upload to instagram with the hashtag #Friends50th
3. You can submit as many photos as you like, as long as they are separate submissions.
4. Sit back and relax! Winners will be announced no later than early August, 2020.


Meet our expert panel of judges, whose input will guide the decision-making process.

Brian McWilliams, @brianmcw
Jessica Speece, @instaspeece
Craig Bailey, Perspective Photo


Grand Prize: An overnight stay at the Ritz-Carlton Boston
Second Prize: An overnight stay at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.
Third Prize: A $50 Hunts Photo and Video Gift Card
Runner-ups (total of 6): $25 Starbucks Gift Card


To view detailed contest rules, requirements, and legal information, click here. By participating, contestants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of Friends of the Public Garden, as outlined in the legal document above.