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NSW Photo Contest 2020

Thursday, February 20, 2020  
Posted by: Amber Carpenter
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The purpose of
Surveyors Week is to bring visibility to the profession. During Surveyors Week, land surveyors across the nation celebrate by educating the public on what they do & why it is important; encouraging students to consider surveying as a career choice; and participating in activities that promote and bring awareness to the surveying profession.  All licensees, governmental agencies, technical professional organizations and citizens groups are encouraged to join the celebration. Click here to read "National Surveyors Week, what's it all about?" by Frank Lenik, PLS

There are a number of ways that you can participate in Surveyor's Week.

  • Observe GPS on local (and visible!) benchmarks
  • Request a proclamation at your local government
  • Make a presentation:
    •  Introduce elementary, junior high and senior high school students to the surveying profession. Surveyors in many areas stage demonstrations of new surveying technologies or displays of ancient and modern surveying instruments to which students and the public are invited.
    • Hold a panel discussion at Chamber of Commerce, Professional Association or University.
    • Collaborate with a STEM effort: Have a pacing contest, or have kids hold a 360 prism and try to "outrun" a robotic instrument.
  • Help with a surveying merit badge: One of the most challenging badges to earn is the surveying merit badge. As a licensed land surveyor, consider visiting a local troop to teach them about the tools you use and the importance of land surveying.
  • Prepare a Trig-Star competition - The National Society of Professional Surveyor’s Trig-Star program-through which a surveyor works with local high schools to promote a math competition in trigonometry is a ready made activity that can be used in conjunction with Surveyors Week. Please contact the NYSAPLS office if you are interested in participating in the Trig-Star program, 518-432-4046 or via email,
  • Sponsor or Advertise at other conference and events to promote Land Surveyors.

Helpful Volunteer Kit Available for Download from NSPS
For more ideas and step-by-step assistance, download the 2020 Surveyors Week Volunteer Kit.


National Surveyors Week - Photo Contest 2020!

The NYSAPLS Public Relations Committee is asking you once again to highlight the Land Surveying profession in "A Day in the Life of a Surveyor" photo contest.

Last year, the PR committee received nearly 100 photos showing off the great adventures and daily life of Land Surveyors of New York!

Everyone is invited to take and submit one or more surveying related pictures from across the entire state. The goal is to highlight National Surveyors Week by showcasing a broad spectrum of land surveyor activities, from deed research, boundary survey, topographic, utility studies, drones, 3D scanning, precise layout for steel erection, tunnel work, bridge work, etc. Above all, the Public Relations Committee wants you to show your profession and make it public by sharing on Facebook, Twitter and with NYSAPLS. 


To Enter Contest: Email photos to Heather at or share online using the hashtag #surveyorsweek2020 and tag @nysapls so we can re-tweet it!

Here are some helpful tips for your photos:

  • Include an image with people!
  • Use humor
  • Make it personal
  • Tell a story
  • Show off your work (landmarks, historical scenes)

The winner of the photo contest will have their picture featured as the ESS cover shot for a future issue of the Empire State Surveyor!



146 Washington Avenue
Land Surveyors Building
Albany, NY 12210
518-432-4046 -- (f) 518-432-4055

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