Erie Canal photo contest winners named

Posted 2 October 2018 at 10:30 am

Kyle Preston’s photo of “Winter’s Sunset” in Brockport won first place in the Along the Trail category in the annual Erie Canalway Photo Contest. Winning images will be featured in 2019 calendar. The winning shots didn’t include any sites in Orleans County.

Press Release, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

WATERFORD – Twelve images that capture the beauty and character of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor have been selected as winners of the 13th Annual Erie Canalway Photo Contest. 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 beginning in December.

Judges selected first, second and third place photographs in four contest categories from nearly 300 entries. In addition, twelve photographs received an honorable mention. Winning photos may be viewed at

Winning images span the entire length of the canal system from Hudson Falls on the Champlain Canal to Tonawanda at the western gateway to the Erie Canal.

“These outstanding images offer a snapshot of what makes this 500-mile ribbon of waterway connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes a national treasure,” said Bob Radliff, Erie Canalway Executive Director. “We hope they inspire people to protect and celebrate our unparalleled canal heritage.”

The public is invited to pick up a free calendar at libraries and visitor centers beginning in December. Locations will be posted in November at: Funding support for the calendar comes from the New York State Canal Corporation and the National Park Service.

2019 Erie Canalway Photo Contest Winners

Classic Canal

1st Place, Mirror: Past and Present (Clay) by Suzanne Grosz, Webster, NY

2nd Place, Lyndon Road Footpath (Fairport) by Tracy Lyn Lause, Fairport, NY

3rd Place, Best Friends (Newark) by Mary E. Smith, Newark, NY

Canal Communities

1st Place, Fairport at Dawn (Fairport) by Tom Kredo, Rochester, NY

2nd Place, Sunset View of Tonawanda (Tonawanda) by Pierre Williot, Buffalo, NY

3rd Place, Morning Light (Lockport) by Robert Klick, Amherst, NY

Along the Trail

1st Place, Winter’s Sunset (Brockport) by Kyle Preston, Brockport, NY

2nd Place, Paddling the Waterford Locks (Waterford) by Stefanie Obkirchner, Amsterdam, NY

3rd Place, Richmond Aqueduct (Montezuma) by James Zeger, Sodus, NY

On the Water

1st Place, Westward Bound (Lockport) by Lee Williams, Lockport, NY

2nd Place, Sunset at the Marina (Ilion) by Cliff Oram, Ilion, NY

3rd Place, Misty Sunrise (Northumberland) by Susan Meyer, Schuylerville, NY

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