Unique Photo Celebrates 70th Anniversary with Photowalk at Liberty State Park

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Event Raises Money for Parkinson’s Disease Research and Aims to Set World Record

The Manhattan skyline at dusk is just one of the spectacular sites to photograph at Liberty State Park. Photo credit: Lucas Nooter

“Parkinson’s is a terrible disease that my grandmother, who founded our company, suffered from in her later years. “It is important for us to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for this disease," said Unique Photo President, Alexander Sweetwood.

Grab your cameras and set out to make history on June 11 as Unique Photo celebrates its 70th anniversary with a photowalk at Liberty State Park in Jersey City.

To celebrate in grand style, the family-owned and operated retail camera store invites photographers of all skill levels to help set a world record for the largest single photowalk event as they explore this location that USA Today named among “the 20 stunning state parks across the USA.”

Set on 1,212 acres and bordered by water on three sides, Liberty State Park provides waterfront views of the Manhattan skyline, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty as well as “Empty Sky,” New Jersey’s official 9/11 Memorial; “Liberation,” a 15-foot bronze Holocaust memorial; and the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey. The walk is set during the golden hour when the sun reflects off Manhattan. Maps will be provided, and a Unique Photo instructor will lead a tour at 6 p.m. Participants are encouraged to share their photographs on social media, using the hashtag
#njphotowalk.

A wide variety of entertainers will be on hand to photograph and create a party atmosphere, while top manufacturers — such as Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and Sigma — will be present to answer questions and loan lenses. Guests can enjoy also a celebratory cake commemorating the company’s landmark anniversary.

Unique Photo will provide bus transportation from its Fairfield location to the park on a first-come, first-serve basis.

As photographers explore, make friends and share pictures, they will also be supporting a good cause: Unique Photo will donate half of the registration proceeds to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to aid in the foundation’s efforts toward clinical testing and improving the research of symptoms and their treatment.

The mission is a personal one for the Sweetwood family. “Parkinson’s is a terrible, degenerative disease that my grandmother, who founded our company, suffered from in her later years. Growing up, I saw first-hand just how debilitating it can be. It left one of the hardest-working people I have ever known incapacitated,” says Alexander Sweetwood, president. “It is important for us to raise awareness and funds to help researchers find a cure for this disease that afflicts so many people.”

Unique Photo was founded when Bernard and Harriet Sweetwood opened a small photographic supply outlet in Brooklyn, New York, in 1947. They went on to open more than 20 retail outlets in department stores across New Jersey before launching their first independent retail location in New Jersey — Hoboken Camera Center — in 1954. Since then, Unique Photo has grown to become New Jersey’s largest retail camera store and center for photography education, with two locations: Its flagship store in Fairfield and its recently opened location in Hoboken, across from the PATH station.

To learn more or to register for the photowalk, visit: https://www.uniquephoto.com/photowalk

WHAT:        
Unique Photo 70th Anniversary NJ Photowalk

WHEN:        
Sunday, June 11, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.    
Rain or Shine                    

WHERE:    
Liberty State Park, 1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

THE EVENT:
Photo enthusiasts from beginners to professionals join together in a photowalk at the picturesque Liberty State Park from twilight to sundown to celebrate Unique Photo’s 70th anniversary and attempt to set a world record for the largest single photowalk event.

REGISTRATION:
$10 Pre-registration
$15 Day of registration from 5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. (Cash or check only)

INFORMATION:
https://www.uniquephoto.com/photowalk

ABOUT UNIQUE PHOTO:
Unique Photo is New Jersey's largest camera and video superstore offering the latest in photographic products and imaging technology. Its 50,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Fairfield, N.J. features a spacious photography retail store, multi-media learning center, professional photo lab, meeting space, gourmet coffee bar and WiFi lounge. Unique Photo recently expanded to Hoboken with a second store providing a full line of services for its customers. Additionally, Unique Photo is the top destination for photography education in New Jersey, hosting more than 1,000 amateur and professional photographers monthly for its classes. “Unique University” instructors include world famous photographers, industry guest lecturers and Unique Photo’s professional staff. For more information, visit http://www.uniquephoto.com or call 973-377-2007.

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