Twelve images capturing the beauty and character of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor recently won the 14th annual Erie Canalway Photo Contest.
Judges selected first-, second- and third-place photographs in four contest categories from nearly 250 entries, as well as 12 photographs for honorable mention.
Classic Canal: “Tugboat Erie (Little Falls)” by Frank Forte, of Little Falls, first place; “Canal Reflections (Tribes Hill)” by Stefanie Obkirchner, of Amsterdam, second place; and “Drama in Lock 69 (Lockport)” by Lee Williams, of Lockport, third place.
Canal Communities: “Canal Park (Waterford)” by Wesley Merritt, of Clifton Park, first place; “Three Flags Flying High (Ilion)” by Cliff Oram, of Ilion, second place; and “Fairport Landing at Twilight (Fairport)” by Keith Boas, of Fairport, third place.
Along the Trail: “Sims Store on the Canal (Camillus)” by Marcia Bower, of Syracuse, first place; “Reflections on the Erie (Chittenango)” by Oram, second place; and “Sunrise on Lock 29 (Palmyra)” by Guy Coniglio, of Rochester, third place.
On the Water: “The Max Jakob (Little Falls)” by Forte, first place; “Portal (Fort Hunter)” by Obkirchner; and “Spring Crew Practice (Fairport)” by Claire Talbot, of Rochester, third place.
Honorable mention: “Buffalo Harbor Lighthouse and the Spirit of Buffalo (Buffalo)” by Talbot; “Tall Ships Celebration (Buffalo)” by Deborah Williams, of Holland; “A Hidden Gem of the Canal (Holley)” by Lois Ann Matteson, of Penfield; “Brockport at Sunset (Brockport)” by Kyle Preston, of Brockport; “Park Avenue Bridge (Brockport)” by Josephine Cicchinelli Matela, of Brockport; “Fairport Canal Days Duck Race (Fairport)” by Sandi Osterwise, of Fairport; “Fog on the Erie (Newark)” by Sondra Lucianovic, of Palmyra; “Great Egret (Montezuma)” by Richard Jordan, of Auburn; “Three Ships at Lock 25 (Seneca Falls)” by Tom Kredo, of Rochester; “Evening on the Water (Oneida Lake)” by Bradley Rogers, of Verona; “After the Storm (Fort Plain)” by Merritt; and “C’mon, We’re Almost There (Schuylerville)” by Mike Bielkiewicz, of Mechanicville.
“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 starting in December. Visit to view the winning photos.