NEW YORK, Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) today announced the Grand Prize winner of the fourth annual "My Empire State Building" contest. The winner, Gary Hershorn, will be awarded a prize of $5,000 for his photo highlighting the beauty of the iconic Empire State Building (ESB), and its central place as the heart of New York City. Additionally, Runner-Up Marissa Durnan, will be awarded a $2,000 prize.
The winning photo will be featured as ESB's Facebook and Twitter profile pictures from January 5 through January 11, 2016. Mr. Hershorn's photo will also be showcased in a display in the Empire State Building's highly trafficked Fifth Avenue lobby windows along with the photo entries from the Runner-Up, the 24 finalists, and the 4 weekly winners who were chosen during the contests duration.
Amateur photographers of all skill levels were invited to participate in the contest that ran from October 1 through November 2, 2015. As one of the most photographed landmarks in the world, the annual contest has become an opportunity for people to present many different perspectives of both the exterior of the building and the view from its world-famous 86th and 102nd floor Observatories.
"To photograph the Empire State Building is to join a group of millions of people worldwide who have also captured the essence of New York City in a picture. These contestants stood out for their capture of truly unique moments in moving and emotive compositions. We are continuously impressed by Empire State Building fans and their talents highlighted by the images they capture and share," said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and CEO of ESRT. "This contest expresses just how much we value our fans and followers."
Throughout 2016, the finalists will be celebrated by having their photos showcased to ESB's global online community via the building's Facebook and Twitter pages. Additionally, the finalists may be featured in future ESB materials.
Entries for the contest were accepted via ESB's Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/EmpireStateBuilding) or via Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #ESBHeartofNYC.
For the official contest rules, and more information about the judging process, please visit: www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding.
About the Empire State Building
Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the Empire State Building, owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., is the "World's Most Famous Building." With new investments in energy efficiency, infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper's robust broadcasting technology supports all major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was named America's favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, and the Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world's most beloved attractions as the region's #1 tourist destination. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit www.empirestatebuilding.com, www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding, @EmpireStateBldg, www.instagram.com/empirestatebldg, www.youtube.com/esbnyc or www.pinterest.com/empirestatebldg/.
About Empire State Realty Trust
Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the world's most famous building. Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company's office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of September 30, 2015, consisting of 9.4 million rentable square feet in 14 office properties, including nine in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut and two in Westchester County, New York; and approximately 724,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio.
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