glstbirdingwebshot.jpgSackets Harbor, N.Y. - The Great Lakes Seaway Trail will be the destination for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) Photo Contest Photographer of the Year award winner. A collaboration between Seaway Trail, Inc., Sackets Harbor, NY, and the New York State Division of Tourism is sponsoring this competition that requires photos in all but one category be taken in the nine wetland centers located in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.   The Photographer of the Year will receive airfare aboard Continental Airlines, car rental, 4-night stay between Buffalo and Alexandria Bay, a copy of the Birding the Great Lakes Seaway Trail field guide and dinner with author Gerry Smith sometime in the spring of 2011.   "Seaway Trail, Inc. is pleased to participate in this international partnership with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and the New York State Division of Tourism to showcase the natural resources to photographers who enjoy the wetlands resources of the United Kingdom. We hope they will be inspired to travel here to experience the natural journey along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail," said Seaway Trail, Inc. President and CEO Teresa Mitchell.   "Our Great Lakes Seaway Trail byway adds delightful and unexpected experiences to a New York vacation.  New York State's Division of Tourism is happy to collaborate with the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and Seaway Trail, Inc. in making this fabulous showcase prize possible," said Markly Wilson, Director of International Marketing for the New York State Division of Tourism.   The 2010 Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Photo Contest honors Lady Scott, the late wife of Sir Peter Scott. She worked for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) and produced beautiful photographs of its nine WWT centers from 1947 until her death earlier this year.   The 2010 competition closes October 31, 2010. You can vote for your favorite photograph online at http://photo.wwt.org.uk/. To learn more about birding the Great Lakes Seaway Trail and download a free 300-plus species birding checklist to the 518-mile-long America's Byway in New York and Pennsylvania, go online to http://www.seawaytrail.com/.

###   Contacts: Teresa Mitchell, Seaway Trail, Inc., 315-646-1000; Gerry Smith, cell: 315-771-6902