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Long Beach 'photowalk' set for Saturday

A view of Long Beach's partially reopened boardwalk.

A view of Long Beach's partially reopened boardwalk. (July 26, 2013) Credit: Jim Staubitser

Fifty or so amateur and professional photographers will be exploring Long Beach on Saturday to capture its beauty and the state of its recovery from superstorm Sandy.

The event will be one of about 1,200 “photowalks” happening around the globe as part of the sixth annual “Worldwide Photowalk,” organized by noted photographer Scott Kelby.

Photographers will compete for $13,000 worth of prizes, including the top prize for the single best overall photo at any of the events.

Long Beach was selected for the photowalk to help bring business back to the area, said Ilene Schuss, 54, of Oceanside, who is the Long Beach walk leader. Last year, Huntington was the setting for a photowalk on Long Island.

“It’s for the social and learning experience and to bring people into the area to show how much it has recovered," Schuss said of this weekend’s program. “The walk will get people more acquainted with Long Beach.”

The photowalk will head down the Red Brick Street Historic District, to the boardwalk, and then to the bayside to catch the sunset.

The walk is open to adults of all skill levels who pre-register before the event.

In addition to the photowalk, which will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., New York University historian Phyllis Ginsberg will give a lecture at the Long Beach Historical Society and Preservation Society, located at 226 W. Penn St. at 4 p.m. The photowalk will kick off at the historical society, rain or shine.

“You can even be in this contest using a cellphone,” Schuss said. “The idea is to just get photographers of any skill level out on the streets of Long Beach taking pictures.”

Follow along on Saturday by using the hashtag #WWPW on Instagram or Twitter.

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