East End video contest launched

East End residents have the chance to win $500 by shooting videos that show what a fabulous vacation destination their hometown is in the recently launched “My Backyard” video competition.
The contest, sponsored by the East End Tourism Alliance, is intended to promote eastern Long Island as a getaway destination.
Video clips, which must be between 30 and 90 seconds long, can feature beaches, parks, hotels, vineyards or any other attraction that draws people to the five East End towns. Video must be filmed in Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southold, East Hampton or Southampton towns.
The first-place winner will receive $500 and five runners-up will each receive a family membership to Atlantis Marine World Aquarium.
The contest will run until June 5 and again between June 6 and Oct. 31. Winners will be announced for both sessions.
Entrants can e-mail videos to [email protected] There’s a limit of one entry per person. Video entries will be posted on