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Some of my favorite pictures come from self-assignments, and in New York City, sports is the straw that stirs the drink.  There’s never a shortage of interesting, organized (and sometimes disorganized) sports to photograph, and these events can work in a travel portfolio, as well.

If you’re trying to build a portfolio in sports, outdoor active, or travel, you could fill in an entire year’s calendar of self-assignments by shooting in New York.

OutdoorFest New York is a brand-new, city-wide event that celebrates athleticism, stewardship and adventure within the city’s borders (and slightly outside of them).   The calendar of events for the first year is worth visiting: there’s camping under the stars in Floyd Bennett Field, bouldering in Central Park, and something called “Parkour”, which I don’t even know what it is.

The ‘Fest is a ten-day festival that runs from May 30 to June 8, 2014.