Medina scene among winners in annual Erie Canal photo contest

Staff Reports Posted 6 October 2020 at 10:47 am

Cory Pawlaczyk took this photo of a sunrise along the Erie Canal in Medina. It won second place in the “Along the Trail” category in an annual Erie Canal photo contest.

WATERFORD – A photograph of a sunrise along the Erie Canal in Medina is among 12 winners selected in the 15th Annual Erie Canalway Photo Contest.

Cory Pawlaczyk took the photo that won second place in the “Along the Trail” category. The contest is organized by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Winners were chosen from a competitive group of over 435 entries, but only the top three were chosen in each of four categories. In addition, 12 photographs received an Honorable Mention including one of a tugboat by Susan Starkweather Miller of Albion.

“These remarkable images remind us that the NYS Canal System remains a symbol of strength for our communities, providing a distinct sense of place and pride in where we live, work and play. We are delighted to share them widely,” said Bob Radliff, Executive Director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Susan Starkweather Miller of Albion won an honorable mention for this fall photo of the Tugboat Dewitt Clinton at Adams Basin in Monroe County.

Winning images can be viewed online (click here) and will be featured in the 2021 Erie Canalway calendar, which will be available for free at libraries, visitor centers, and by request beginning in December.

Winning images capture the beauty and uniqueness of the waterway, canal communities and landscapes.

“As New Yorkers, we are lucky—it’s easy to take for granted the natural beauty around every corner,” said New York State Canal Corporation Director Brian U. Stratton. “The Erie Canalway’s annual photo contest gives us an opportunity to see our waterway’s iconic infrastructure through the eyes of others and appreciate its beauty. The amateur photographers who captured these images offer a glimpse into the past, present and future of the canal and remind us just how fortunate we are to have an amenity like this at our fingertips.”

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