1st place winner: Buoy Boat by Dale Evva Gelfand (2009)

Winning entries to be featured in 2012 calendar

Waterford, N.Y. -  Entries are being accepted through September 8, 2011 for the 2011 Erie Canalway Photo Contest. Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit prints and digital images in four contest categories: Bridges, Buildings and Locks; For the Fun of It; On the Water; The Nature of the Canal. Winning photos will be displayed in the 2012 Erie Canalway calendar. "Each year, the contest captures the distinctive beauty, history, and character of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, as seen through the eyes of those who visit or live here," said Beth Sciumeca, Erie Canalway Executive Director. "It's a great way to celebrate what makes the National Heritage Corridor unique." Photographs must be taken within the boundaries of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, which is comprised of the Erie, Oswego, Cayuga/Seneca, and Champlain Canals and surrounding communities. Official contest rules and an entry form can be downloaded at www.eriecanalway.org.

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The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor spans 524 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York. It encompasses the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego, and Champlain canals and their historic alignments, as well as more than 230 canal communities. The Corridor's commission and staff, in partnership with the National Park Service, work through public and private partnerships to promote historic preservation, recreation, education, tourism, and economic revitalization throughout the Corridor. www.eriecanalway.org PHOTO: 1st place winner: Buoy Boat by Dale Evva Gelfand (2009)