Winners of canal photo contest announced

Paddling the Waterford Locks by Stefanie Obkirchner of Amsterdam. (Photo submitted)

WATERFORD — Twelve images that captured 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, 12 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. Mohawk Valley winners include Cliff Oram of Ilion for his image Sunset at the Marina (Ilion) and Stefanie Obkirchner of Amsterdam from her photo Paddling the Waterford Locks (Waterford).

“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.

Classic Canal

First place — Mirror: Past and Present (Clay) by Suzanne Grosz, Webster

Second place — Lyndon Road Footpath (Fairport) by Tracy Lyn Lause, Fairport

Third place — Best Friends (Newark) by Mary E. Smith, Newark

Canal Communities

First place — Fairport at Dawn (Fairport) by Tom Kredo, Rochester

Second place — Sunset View of Tonawanda (Tonawanda) by Pierre Williot, Buffalo

Third place — Morning Light (Lockport) by Robert Klick, Amherst

Along the Trail

First place — Winter’s Sunset (Brockport) by Kyle Preston, Brockport

Second place — Paddling the Waterford Locks (Waterford) by Stefanie Obkirchner, Amsterdam

Third place — Richmond Aqueduct (Montezuma) by James Zeger, Sodus

On the Water

First place — Westward Bound (Lockport) by Lee Williams, Lockport

Second place — Sunset at the Marina (Ilion) by Cliff Oram, Ilion

Third place — Misty Sunrise (Northumberland) by Susan Meyer, Schuylerville

Honorable mention recipients (listed east to west)

Ups and Downs (Hudson Falls), Bruce Squiers, Salem

Upper Hudson Sunset Bridge (Northumberland), Susan Meyer, Schuylerville

Jogging Along Old Canal with Dog (Camillus), Joe Carey, Syracuse

Erie Canal Bike Tour (Fairport), Janice Esse, Fairport

Three’s Company (Pittsford), Florence Smith, Webster

Rochester at Night (Rochester), Mary Courtney, Palmyra

Big Tree (Rochester), Daniel Moscovici, Oreland, PA

Erie Canal Aqueduct (Rochester), David Halpern, Rochester

Towpath Sunrise (Lockport), Jeff Tracy, Lockport

Hidden Surprise (Lockport), Ellen Riccobono, Lockport

Paddling Through (Lockport), Thomas Fitzrandolph, Lockport

Dusk on the Canal (Lockport), Jim Culler, Cincinnati, OH.

By Patricia Older

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