Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor recently named 12 images as winners of the 12th annual Erie Canalway Photo Contest.
The winning images will be featured in the 2018 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor calendar, which will be available for free in December. Visit to view the winning photos.
“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, executive director. “We hope they inspire people to protect and celebrate our unparalleled canal heritage.”
Judges selected 12 winners from nearly 300 entries. First, second and third place photographs were picked in four contest categories: Classic Canal, Along the Trail, On the Water and Canal Communities. Twelve additional photographs received honorable mention.
This year’s winners include a strong showing from the Greater Rochester area, including Fairport, Pittsford, Spencerport and Henrietta.
Winners in the Classic Canal category are “Tugboat at Sunset” by Kathy Polino, of Fairport, first place; “Along Flightlock Road” by Tina Baxter, of Clifton Park, second place; and “Firecracker Sunset at Lock 33” by Claire Talbot, of Henrietta, third place.
The Along the Trail winners are “Milky Way over the Mohawk River” by Stefanie Obkirchner, of Amsterdam, first place; “Lost in Autumn” by Tom Kredo, of Rochester, second place; and “Winter Fun” by John Walsh, of Albany, third place.
Winners in the On the Water category are “Frozen Solid” by Joe Pompili, of Spencerport, first place; “Picture Perfect” by David Ellingson, of Edmonds, Washington, second place; and “Setting Sun on the Tug” by Joann Long, of Bloomfield, third place.
Canal Communities winners are “Schoen Place Spring” by George Wallace, of Victor, first place; “A River, A Bridge, A City” by Ira Srole, of Rochester, second place; and “Gazebo at Twilight” by Keith Boas, of Fairport, third place.
Honorable mention went to “Canal Lights” by Stefanie Obkirchner, of Amsterdam; “Autumn Landscape” by Keith Boas, “Lois McClure Legacy Tour” by Janice Esse and “Low Bridge Early Morning” by Mary Moon, of Fairport; “Sandstone Culvert” by Russ Bosch, of Holley; “Macedon Morning” by John Kosboth, of Ontario; “Friday Night Lights” by Carol Guck, of Penfield; “Moonrise at Genesee River Crossing” and “Ready for a Workout” by Mike Haugh, of Pittsford; “Winter on the Canal” by MaryBeth Andersen and “Summer Evening” by Tom Kredo, of Rochester; and “Canalside Rest” by Joe Pompili, of Spencerport.
Free 2018 Erie Canalway calendars will be distributed starting Dec. 1 throughout upstate New York. Visit for a list of locations starting in November.