We have extended the submission deadline to Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

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 will be hosting an Instagram contest in search of stunning images for each of the banners.

We are seeking 9 beautiful, high-impact photos of Boston’s historic parks: the Public Garden, Boston Common, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Entries must be original images taken by you during 2019 or 2020. Entries will be judged on representation of the three parks, visual impact, and composition. The winning photos will be featured on the Friends’ 50th Anniversary banners lining the three parks beginning in August 2020.

Vertical photos are preferred. Watermarks, signatures, or copyright notices are not permitted on entries for this contest. Images must be able to be printed on either one vertical 24″x54″ banner or a two-panel 30″x 60″ banner that will likely be used as one image. Ideal image ratios are 9:16 and 2:3 vertical. A 300 dpi JPEG image is the ideal submission format.

The final submission date is Wednesday, July 15, 2020. No late submissions will be accepted. No images submitted without completing the submission form and uploaded to link provided will be accepted. Photographs will be accepted only from the original photographer.

Participants must accept the Contest Rules and Procedures, including the Terms and Conditions on Use of Submitted Images, before tagging an image for entry in the contest. Participation in the contest shall be considered an acceptance of the contest rules and procedures.

Size guidelines below. Your photo will appear behind a descriptive word, our logo, and a sponsor logo.



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 July 25, 2020.


Meet our expert panel of judges!

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


Grand Prize: An overnight stay at the Ritz-Carlton Boston
Second Prize: Dinner for two at (x)
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.