The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is hosting its 16th annual Erie Canalway Photo Contest. They are currently looking for Images that “convey the unique character of New York’s canals and canal communities.”

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According to NEWS 4 (WIVB-TV), entries must be postmarked by August 27, 2021, and winning photos will be featured in the 2022 Erie Canalway Calendar.

Images will be judged in four contest categories: On the Water, Along the Trail, Canal Communities, and Classic Canal. Judges will select first, second, and third place winning images in each category, as well as 12 honorable mentions.

Submitted images should be in horizontal format and must be taken within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, which spans 524 miles across upstate New York. The Corridor includes the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego, and Champlain canals, and more than 230 canal communities.

Official contest rules and an entry form are available on the Erie Canalway website.

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the New York State Canal Corporation have also teamed up to sponsor 26 festivals and events in 2021 to showcase the Canalway Corridor’s heritage and recreational appeal. Events include tours, concerts, and heritage celebrations.

Prior to the pandemic events within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor delivered 1.3 billion each year in economic benefits to communities.

“After a year with very few events, we are pleased to support community events that will bring people to the canals in safe and fun ways,” said Bob Radliff, Executive Director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. “We are proud to partner with these organizations to bring people to the waterfront to experience and celebrate New York’s extraordinary canals.”

This year’s event highlights include summer concerts, Kayak Through History Tours in Schenectady,  Amsterdam’s Riverfest,  and Doors Open Buffalo in September.

Visit the Erie Canalway website to learn more.


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