Canal images sought for annual photo contest

Posted 27 May 2020 at 10:57 am

Wesley Merritt of Clifton Park took this photo of the Canal Park in Waterford. It won first place in the “Canal Communities” category in last year’s Erie Canalway Photo Contest.

Press Release, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

WATERFORD – The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is calling for entries for its 15th annual Erie Canalway Photo Contest. Images should convey the unique character of New York’s canals and canal communities.

Entries must be postmarked by August 28. Winning photos will be featured in the 2021 Erie Canalway calendar.

Images will be judged in four contest categories:

  • On the Water: Activities on the water; boats of all stripes.
  • Along the Trail: Cyclists, walkers, strollers, and activities or scenes along the Erie Canalway Trail.
  • Canal Communities: Historic downtowns, distinctive architecture, farmers markets, events, and scenes taken in canal communities.
  • Classic Canal: When you see it, you know it—photos that could be taken only here; photos of on-water activities, engineering marvels, canal structures, nature, or other scenes that show the distinctive sense of place of the Erie Canalway.

Judges will select first, second, and third place winning images in each category, as well as 12 honorable mentions.

Submitted images must be taken within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, which spans 524 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York. It encompasses the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego, and Champlain canals and their historic alignments, as well as more than 230 canal communities.

Download official contest rules and an entry form are available by clicking here.

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