Forbidden Photos, Anyone?

Subway shooters to set their sights on underground camera ban

Do you see any larger issues here about the city or civil liberties?

The MTA and police once again propose totally ineffectual and pointless restrictions to give the appearance, and only the appearance, of vigilance. It's dismaying to hear our mayor speak out against the ban only in terms of how it might scare away picture-snapping tourists. Everything boils down to money.

Will you continue to shoot regardless? How many fines will it take for you to stop?

I will keep shooting, and I do not plan to get caught. I'm pretty sneaky, especially with my Nikon 4500 which has a twist body that lets me shoot literally from the hip. I'd be willing to pay a couple fines a year to keep shooting. There's simply no better subject than the world under the streets of New York City.

Enter the Forbidden Photos Contest

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Submit your own digital photos of the New York City subway for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the New York Transit Museum Store Online or five $20 MetroCards.

Official Rules - No Purchase Necessary

1. To enter, please submit your photograph with your name, address, city, state, zip code, day phone number, and e-mail address, and a title or description of your photograph. Email your entry to: Forbidden Photos Contest. Required format: digital only; jpeg; no wider than 600 pixels, no larger than 100k. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5 pm on July 9, 2004. Not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, or illegible images. No correspondence can be answered. By entering, you agree to grant Village Voice Media, Inc. a non-exclusive, royalty free license to publish and display your photograph in both the print and electronic versions of The Village Voice, and in related products in any and all media, whether now known or thereafter devised, without compensation and for the purposes of trade or promotion. 2. Contest open is to legal residents of the U.S. (excluding Puerto Rico). Employees of Village Voice Media, Inc. are not eligible. 3. Two prizes will be awarded, a Grand Prize and a Runner-Up Prize. The Grand Prize of $100 Gift Certificate for the New York Transit Museum Store Online will be awarded to the top winner of the Photography contest. The Runner Up Prize of Five $20 Metrocards will be awarded to the runner-up. 4. Winners will be selected on or about July 16, 2004 by The Village Voice Online editorial department on the basis of talent, originality, style and creativity. Limit of one winner per household. The decision of The Village Voice Online judges is final. Winners will be notified by phone and e-mail and will be required to complete an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity/Materials Release which must be returned within 3 days of receipt of the notification letter or alternate winners will be selected. Winners under the age of eighteen (18) must have the written consent of their parent or legal guardian. Taxes are the winner's responsibility. Prize winners (or their parent or legal guardian, if applicable) shall agree in writing that Village Voice Media, Inc. and anyone they may authorize may without compensation use winner's name, photograph or other likeness, biographical information and statements concerning the Contest or Village Voice Media, Inc. for purposes of advertising and promotion without additional compensation. For a list of prize winners, see or send a self-addressed stamped envelope before August 31, 2004 to: Forbidden Photos Contest, 36 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law.

NO PURCHASE REQUIRED. By submitting, I hereby certify that the photo I am submitting to the Forbidden Photos Contest is original with me, and that I have all necessary rights and authority to submit the photo and grant to Village Voice Media, Inc. the rights purported to be granted, including third party rights.

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