Erie Canalway Photo Contest winners announced

First place, Sims Store on the Canal (Camillus) by Marcia Bower, Syracuse

Winning images to be featured in 2020 calendar

Twelve images that capture the beauty and character of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor have been selected as winners of the 14th annual Erie Canalway Photo Contest. Judges selected first-, second- and third-place photographs in four contest categories from nearly 250 entries. In addition, 12 photographs received an honorable mention.

Winning images highlight the distinctive regional flavor along New York’s canals, including two winners and three honorable mentions from Central New York.

“These beautiful photos showcase the dramatic landscapes, rich heritage and vibrant communities along this historic waterway,” said Bob Radliff, Erie Canalway executive director. “We hope they inspire people to explore this extraordinary place and celebrate the canal that built the Empire State.”

Photo contest winners will be featured in the 2020 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor calendar, which will be available for free at libraries and visitor centers beginning in December.

Winning photos may be viewed at eriecanalway.org/gallery/photo-contests.
2019 Erie Canalway Photo Contest Winners

Classic Canal

  • First place, Tugboat Erie (Little Falls) by Frank Forte, Little Falls
  • Second place, Canal Reflections (Tribes Hill) by Stefanie Obkirchner, Amsterdam
  • Third place, Drama in Lock 69 (Lockport) by Lee Williams, Lockport

Canal Communities

  • First place, Canal Park (Waterford) by Wesley Merritt, Clifton Park
  • Second place, Three Flags Flying High (Ilion) by Cliff Oram, Ilion
  • Third place, Fairport Landing at Twilight (Fairport) by Keith Boas, Fairport

Along the Trail

  • First place, Sims Store on the Canal (Camillus) by Marcia Bower, Syracuse
  • Second place, Reflections on the Erie (Chittenango) by Cliff Oram, Ilion
  • Third place, Sunrise on Lock 29 (Palmyra) by Guy Coniglio, Rochester

On the Water

  • First place, The Max Jakob (Little Falls) by Frank Forte, Little Falls
  • Second place, Portal (Fort Hunter) by Stefanie Obkirchner, Amsterdam
  • Third place, Spring Crew Practice (Fairport) by Claire Talbot, Rochester

Honorable mentions (listed west to east)

  • Buffalo Harbor Lighthouse and the Spirit of Buffalo (Buffalo) by Claire Talbot, Rochester
  • Tall Ships Celebration (Buffalo) by Deborah Williams, Holland
  • A Hidden Gem of the Canal (Holley) by Lois Ann Matteson, Penfield
  • Brockport at Sunset (Brockport) by Kyle Preston, Brockport
  • Park Avenue Bridge (Brockport) by Josephine Cicchinelli Matela, Brockport
  • Fairport Canal Days Duck Race (Fairport) by Sandi Osterwise, Fairport
  • Fog on the Erie (Newark) by Sondra Lucianovic, Palmyra
  • Great Egret (Montezuma) by Richard Jordan, Auburn
  • Three Ships at Lock 25 (Seneca Falls) by Tom Kredo, Rochester
  • Evening on the Water (Oneida Lake) by Bradley Rogers, Verona
  • After the Storm (Fort Plain) by Wesley Merritt, Clifton Park
  • C’mon, We’re Almost There (Schuylerville) by Mike Bielkiewicz, Mechanicville

About the Erie Canalway
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor preserves our extraordinary canal heritage, promotes the Corridor as a world-class tourism destination, and fosters vibrant communities connected by more than 500 miles of waterway. It achieves its mission in partnership with the National Park Service, New York State agencies, non-profit organizations, local residents, and more than 200 communities across the full expanse of upstate New York. www.eriecanalway.org

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