Photographers requesting a position on the production riser must complete the following process.
Production Riser Access
The Times Square New Year’s Eve Production Riser, built and managed by the organizers of the event, meets the needs of the on-site broadcast networks and affiliates and their production staff. The limited space is also apportioned to the event’s cast, crew and main sponsors.
Public safety and logistical restraints limit the number of individuals permitted on the riser. Remaining, functional space will be reserved for press photographers, subject to public safety and logistical concerns.
To be considered for this restricted space, photographers must submit to an advance credential application process. Working photographers on documented assignment for international, national and regional news outlets will be granted priority consideration.
Credentials will be distributed based on media reach and past coverage. Photographers on assignment for major metropolitan newspapers and national and international wire services will have priority.
In addition, two (2) spots will be available for random selection in a lottery system:
Independent/Freelance/Agency Photographers with Documented Endorsement by Three (3) News Outlets
Each independent/freelance photographer must submit three assignment letters on company letterhead, outlining the need for/support of riser access. Of those applications collected before Monday, December 9 at noon, two will be selected through a lottery process. You will be notified directly of your status by December 20.
Photographers with a NYPD or Times Square Alliance-issued press credential will be permitted to enter the event but will not be allowed onto the production riser unless they have a production riser credential.
If you are looking to obtain access to the production riser, send one (1) email to NYEPhoto@Rubenstein.com with the following three (3) supporting documents as attachments by no later than Monday, December 9 at noon. In the email subject line enter: NYE Credentials: Last Name, First Name, Organization.
1. A letter on company letterhead from your Media Organization outlining your request for a production riser credential. The letter must indicate the name of one photographer requesting a credential.
2. A digital scan of a government-issued identification: e.g., driver’s license or passport.
3. A recent photo of yourself cropped to 1.5” x 1.5” in size, saved as “First Name_Last Name” and in .jpg file format.
If any of these items are not attached to your email, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be processed.
*Our inbox can only accept emails with attachments not exceeding 10 MB. If your file is larger, please send the documents through DropBox, YouSendit, or WeTransfer.
Temporary Press Credentials
Temporary press credentials grant access to emergency lanes, subject to NYPD approval. In order to move through Times Square during the event, photographers with positions on the riser will also need to obtain a temporary press credential. (A NYPD press credential is also sufficient to gain street access).
Photographers who do not receive a spot on the production riser may still access the event with either a Times Square Alliance-issued temporary press credential or a NYPD press credential.
To apply for a Temporary Press Credential, please click here.
Mon, Dec 9, noon: Deadline for submitting complete applications for Production Riser access and Temporary Press Credentials.
Fri, Dec 20: Approved applicants for temporary credentials and Production Riser access are notified by email.
Fri-Sat, Dec 27-28, 9:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.: Temporary credentials and Production Riser credentials available for pick-up at the Times Square Alliance office at 1560 Broadway, Suite 800 (entrance on 7th Ave between 46th and 47th Sts, through the Museum & Visitor Center). A government-issued photo-id will be required.
**Note: An updated calendar for New Year's Eve 2015 will be available on this page later this year.