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Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest

2017 Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest Now Open


Lake Erie enthusiasts who want to capture the essence of Lake Erie life on film – or digitally – can enter the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) 2017 Life on Lake Erie photo contest. 

We encourage photographers to submit their favorite photos of Lake Erie. We encourage entries depicting Lake Erie scenes, people, and wildlife taken all seasons of the year. This may include ice, ice fishing, thawing, or activities that took place during Lake Erie’s frozen months.

The Life on Lake Erie photo contest is an opportunity for amateur photographers, age 18 and older, to reveal their passion for one of Ohio’s most valuable and dynamic natural features, Lake Erie. Photographs taken between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017 in and around the Lake Erie watershed will qualify for the 2017 contest. Entries are due August 1, 2017.


Winning photographs will be displayed at various events and through OLEC social media. The photographs may also be used in Commission publications to promote Lake Erie.

2016 "Life on Lake Erie"  Judges' Favorites

Ashtabula Lighthouse by Dee RileyJUDGES' OVERALL FAVORITE: Ashtabula Lighthouse by Dee Riley of Ashtabula, Ohio

Storm a Brewing by Richard McBrideStorm a Brewing by Richard McBride of Conneaut, OH


Township Park by Richard McBrideTownship Park by Richard McBride of Conneaut, OH

After the Storm by Sandra CobbAfter the Storm by Sandra Cobb of Lakewood, OH


Icy Cleveland Sunset by Eric FisherIcy Cleveland Sunset by Eric Fisher of Shaker Heights, OH


Milkweed Leaf with Monarch Caterpillar by Destiny PalikMilkweed Leaf with Monarch Caterpillar by Destiny Palik of Columbus, OH


The Territory Dance by Valerie GiovannucciThe Territory Dance by Valerie Giovannucci of Maumee, OH


Colors of Fall by Keith GoodColors of Fall by Keith Good of Maumee, OH

Lifeguard by Sarah NorthLifeguard by Sarah North of Waterville, OH

Sunkissed Glow by Amy RitchieSunkissed Glow by Amy Ritchie of Madison, OH