October 14, 2020

2020 Erie Canalway Photo Contest Winners Announced

2nd Place, On the Water, Sunset Over Lock 7 (Niskayuna) by Sean Sullivan, Niskayuna, NY

Photographs from the Capital Region are among the winners of this year’s Erie Canalway Photo Contest. Judges selected first, second, and third place winners in four contest categories and 12 honorable mentions from 435 entries. Winning images can be viewed online and will be featured in the 2021 Erie Canalway calendar.

“These remarkable images remind us that the NYS Canal System remains a symbol of strength for our communities, providing a distinct sense of place and pride in where we live, work and play. We are delighted to share them widely,” said Bob Radliff, Executive Director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Winning images, including including two winners and two honorable mentions from the Capital Region, capture the beauty and uniqueness of the waterway, canal communities, and landscapes.

New York State Canal Corporation Director Brian U. Stratton said, “As New Yorkers, we are lucky—it’s easy to take for granted the natural beauty around every corner. The Erie Canalway’s annual photo contest gives us an opportunity to see our waterway’s iconic infrastructure through the eyes of others and appreciate its beauty. The amateur photographers who captured these images offer a glimpse into the past, present and future of the canal and remind us just how fortunate we are to have an amenity like this at our fingertips.”

The 2021 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor calendar will be available for free at libraries, visitor centers, and by request beginning in December.

Winning photos may be viewed at