Twelve images that capture the beauty and character of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor recently were selected as winners of the 13th annual Erie Canalway Photo Contest.
The winning images will be featured in the 2019 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor calendar, which will be available for free at libraries and visitor centers starting in December.
Judges selected first-, second- and third-place photographs in four contest categories from nearly 300 entries. In addition, 12 photographs received an honorable mention.
Photographs of Greater Rochester dominated this year’s winner’s circle, with four winners and five honorable mentions.
“The strong showing from Greater Rochester is a testament to the vitality of the canal in communities from Fairport to Brockport,” said Bob Radliff, executive director of the Erie Canalway. “The investments these communities have made to showcase their canal heritage are very much reflected in the pride of place we see in these images.”
The following winners are listed by category, from first to third place.
Classic Canal: “Past and Present (Clay) by Suzanne Grosz, of Webster; “Lyndon Road Footpath (Fairport)” by Tracy Lyn Lause, of Fairport; and “Best Friends (Newark) by Mary E. Smith, of Newark.
Canal Communities: “Fairport at Dawn” by Tom Kredo, of Rochester; “Sunset View of Tonawanda” by Pierre Williot, of Buffalo; and “Morning Light (Lockport)” by Robert Klick, of Amherst.
Along the Trail: “Winter’s Sunset (Brockport)” by Kyle Preston, of Brockport; “Paddling the Waterford Locks” by Stefanie Obkirchner, of Amsterdam; and “Richmond Aqueduct (Montezuma)” by James Zeger, of Sodus.
On the Water: “Westward Bound (Lockport)” by Lee Williams, of Lockport; “Sunset at the Marina (Ilion)” by Cliff Oram, of Ilion; and “Misty Sunrise (Northumberland)” by Susan Meyer, of Schuylerville.
The honorable mention recipients are “Jogging Along Old Canal with Dog (Camillus)” by Joe Carey, of Syracuse; “Rochester at Night ” by Mary Courtney, of Palmyra; “Dusk on the Canal (Lockport)” by Jim Culler, of Cincinnati; “Erie Canal Bike Tour (Fairport)” by Janice Esse, of Fairport; “Paddling Through (Lockport)” by Thomas Fitzrandolph, of Lockport; “Erie Canal Aqueduct (Rochester)” by David Halpern, of Rochester; “Upper Hudson Sunset Bridge (Northumberland)” by Meyer; “Big Tree (Rochester)” by Daniel Moscovici, of Oreland, Pennsylvania; “Hidden Surprise (Lockport)” by Ellen Riccobono, of Lockport; “Three’s Company (Pittsford)” by Florence Smith, of Webster; “Ups and Downs (Hudson Falls)” by Bruce Squiers, of Salem; and “Towpath Sunrise (Lockport)” by Jeff Tracy, of Lockport.
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