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, twelve photographs received an Honorable Mention.
Winning images highlight the distinctive regional flavor along New York’s canals, from the eastern gateway of the Erie Canal in Waterford to the historic western terminus in Buffalo.
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 online.
2019 Erie Canalway Photo Contest Winners
1st Place, Tugboat Erie (Little Falls) by Frank Forte, Little Falls, NY
2nd Place, Canal Reflections (Tribes Hill) by Stefanie Obkirchner, Amsterdam, NY
3rd Place, Drama in Lock 69 (Lockport) by Lee Williams, Lockport, NY
1st Place, Canal Park (Waterford) by Wesley Merritt, Clifton Park, NY
2nd Place, Three Flags Flying High (Ilion) by Cliff Oram, Ilion, NY
3rd Place, Fairport Landing at Twilight (Fairport) by Keith Boas, Fairport, NY
Along the Trail
1st Place, Sims Store on the Canal (Camillus) by Marcia Bower, Syracuse, NY
2nd Place, Reflections on the Erie (Chittenango) by Cliff Oram, Ilion, NY
3rd Place, Sunrise on Lock 29 (Palmyra) by Guy Coniglio, Rochester, NY
On the Water
1st Place, The Max Jakob (Little Falls) by Frank Forte, Little Falls, NY
2nd Place, Portal (Fort Hunter) by Stefanie Obkirchner, Amsterdam, NY
3rd Place, Spring Crew Practice (Fairport) by Claire Talbot, Rochester, NY
Honorable Mention Recipients (listed west to east)
Buffalo Harbor Lighthouse and the Spirit of Buffalo (Buffalo) by Claire Talbot, Rochester, NY
Tall Ships Celebration (Buffalo) by Deborah Williams, Holland, NY
A Hidden Gem of the Canal (Holley) by Lois Ann Matteson, Penfield, NY
Brockport at Sunset (Brockport) by Kyle Preston, Brockport, NY
Park Avenue Bridge (Brockport) by Josephine Cicchinelli Matela, Brockport, NY
Fairport Canal Days Duck Race (Fairport) by Sandi Osterwise, Fairport, NY
Fog on the Erie (Newark) by Sondra Lucianovic, Palmyra, NY
Great Egret (Montezuma) by Richard Jordan, Auburn, NY
Three Ships at Lock 25 (Seneca Falls) by Tom Kredo, Rochester, NY
Evening on the Water (Oneida Lake) by Bradley Rogers, Verona, NY
After the Storm (Fort Plain) by Wesley Merritt, Clifton Park, NY
C’mon, We’re Almost There (Schuylerville) by Mike Bielkiewicz, Mechanicville, NY
More information on the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is available on their website.
Photos, from above: Waterford Canal Park by Wesley Merritt; Little Falls Tugboat by Frank Forte; and Camillus Sims Store on the Canal by Marcia Bower.