Canalway photo contest winners named

Stefanie Obkirchner’s Milky Way Over the Mohawk River placed first in the Along the Trail division of the Erie Canalway photo contest. It will be one of 12 images in the 2018 calendar that will be offered for free in November. Obkirchner provided the August eclipse photos to The Leader-Herald. (Photo submitted)

WATERFORD — An Amsterdam woman had one of her images chosen as a firsts-place winner in the Erie Canalway photo contest and another received an honorable mention.

Stefanie Obkirchner’s Milky Way Over the Mohawk River placed first in the Along the Trail division of the contest. Obkirchner provided the August eclipse photos to The Leader-Herald.

According to a news release, 12 images that capture the beauty and character of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor were selected as winners of the 12th annual Erie Canalway photo contest. Winning images will be featured in the 2018 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Calendar, which will be available for free in December. Winning photos can be viewed at www.eriecanalway.org/gallery.

“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.”

Judges selected 12 winners from nearly 300 entries. First, second and third place photographs were chosen in each of four contest categories: Classic Canal, Along the Trail, On the Water, and Canal Communities. In addition, 12 photographs received an honorable mention.

Tugboat at Sunset by photographer Kathy Polino won first place in the Classic Canal category in the Erie Canalway photo contest. The winning photographs can be seen at www.eriecanalway.org/gallery. (Photo submitted)

Free 2018 Erie Canalway calendars will be distributed starting Dec. 1 throughout upstate New York. Locations where the calendars will be made available to the public will be posted in November at: www.eriecanalway.org. Funding support for the calendar comes from the New York State Canal Corporation.

Classic Canal

∫ First place, Tugboat at Sunset (Fairport) by Kathy Polino, Fairport;

∫ Second place, Along Flightlock Road (Waterford) by Tina Baxter, Clifton Park;

Third place, Firecracker Sunset at Lock 33 (Henrietta) by Claire Talbot, Henrietta.

Canal Communities

First place, Schoen Place Spring (Pittsford) by George Wallace, Victor;

Second place, A River, A Bridge, A City (Rochester) by Ira Srole, Rochester;

Third place, Gazebo at Twilight (Spencerport) by Keith Boas, Fairport.

Along the Trail

First place, Milky Way over the Mohawk River (Tribes Hill) by Stefanie Obkirchner, Amsterdam;

Second place, Lost in Autumn (Pittsford) by Tom Kredo, Rochester;

Third place, Winter Fun (Niskayuna) by John Walsh, Albany.

On the Water

First place, Frozen Solid (Spencerport) by Joe Pompili, Spencerport;

Second place, Picture Perfect (Gasport) by David Ellingson, Edmonds, Wash.;

Third place, Setting Sun on the Tug (Macedon) by Joann Long, Bloomfield.

Honorable mention

recipients

Canal Lights (Tribes Hill), Stefanie Obkirchner;

Macedon Morning (Macedon), John Kosboth, Ontario;

Low Bridge Early Morning (Fairport), Mary Moon, Fairport;

Autumn Landscape (Fairport), Keith Boas, Fairport;

Summer Evening (Fairport), Tom Kredo, Rochester;

Ready for a Workout (Pittsford), Mike Haugh, Pittsford;

Winter on the Canal (Pittsford), MaryBeth Andersen, Rochester;

Friday Night Lights (Pittsford), Carol Guck, Penfield;

Moonrise at Genesee River Crossing (Rochester), Mike Haugh, Pittsford;

Lois McClure Legacy Tour (Rochester), Janice Esse, Fairport;

Canalside Rest (Spencerport), Joe Pompili, Spencerport;

Sandstone Culvert (Holley), Russ Bosch, Holley.

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