2019 Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest

Reveal your passion for one of Ohio’s most valuable and dynamic natural features, Lake Erie! Enthusiasts who want to capture the essence of Lake Erie life on film – or digitally – can enter the Ohio Lake Erie Commission's 27th Annual Life on Lake Erie photo contest. What does Life on Lake Erie mean to you? Birding, sunsets, boating, fishing, or relaxing on a beach with your friends and family...get out there and share it with us!


It is acceptable to take a picture of the completed/signed entry form and submit it as an image file along with your photo.

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.

Gallery Tour

Over the years, the Ohio Lake Erie Commission has coordinated with local partners to provide opportunities for public viewing of the Lake Erie Photo Contest winners. In 2019, the gallery tour will be re-launched to provide public viewing areas of the 2017 and 2018 Photo Contest winners. The tour will also provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission and its member agencies. The tour will provide an opportunity for the Lake Erie Commission to expand its media outreach and explore ways to further engage the Lake Erie community in the future. Please find below the tentative dates and galley tour venue host locations. Thank you to all of our partner hosts along Lake Erie!

March 29 — April 12 Great Lakes Science Center (Cuyahoga County), Cleveland Ohio
April 13—26 The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake (in partnership with Geneva State Park) (Ashtabula County)
April 29 — May 20 Maumee Bay Lodge (in partnership with Maumee Bay State Park) (Lucas County)
May 31 — June 28 State Capitol, Columbus
July 1—22 Lake Erie Shores & Islands Tourism Center (Ottawa County)


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