Photo Contest and Calendar


Give us your best shot!

The annual Erie Canalway Photo Contest captures the beauty, history, people, and character of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Judges select first, second, and third place winning images in the contest categories below, as well as 12 honorable mentions. Winning images are featured in our annual calendar.

2017 Calendars will be available free of charge starting December 1, 2016 at libraries and visitor centers throughout the Corridor. Find a site near you >

Next contest opens: May 2017

On the WaterOn-water activities and scenes, e.g., boating, paddling, fishing, tugs & barges, historic vessels, on-water events and festivals.
Along the TrailCyclists, walkers, strollers, and activities or scenes along the Erie Canalway Trail.
Canal CommunitiesHistoric downtowns, distinctive architecture, farmers markets, events, and scenes taken in canal communities.
Classic CanalWhen you see it, you know it—photos that could be taken only here; photos of engineering marvels, canal structures, nature, or other scenes that show the distinctive sense of place of the Erie Canalway.

Check out our gallery to see this year's winning photos.

Winning Tips

  • Look for scenes that say "Erie Canalway" and views that could be taken only here.
  • Avoid enhancing the color of your photos. Our judges are looking for real views over special effects.
  • Consider new vantage points for familiar scenes.

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