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Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest

2016 Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest Now Underway


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) 2016 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, 2015 and July 31, 2016 in and around the Lake Erie watershed will qualify for the 2016 contest. Entries are due July 31, 2016.


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.

2015 "Life on Lake Erie"  Judges' Favorites

We Have Met the Mayflies by Gabe DeFreitasJUDGES' OVERALL FAVORITE: We Have Met the Mayflies by Gabe DeFreitas of Port Clinton

Nature's Artwork by Sandra CobbNature's Artwork by Sandra Cobb of Lakewood, OH


Waterville Railroad Bridge by Lou McLoveHistoric Waterville, Ohio Railroad Bridge by Lou McLove of Maumee, OH

Family by Jeff Kuhlman of Columbus, OH


Evening Fishing by Liz EllisEvening Fishing by Liz Ellis of Circleville, OH


Water Lily by Judy EmpckeWater Lily by Judy Empcke of Fremont, OH


Cleveland Cuyahoga by Dee RileyCleveland Cuyahoga by Dee Riley of Ashtabula, OH


Kelleys Island Ferry by Kay PauleKelleys Island Ferry by Kay Paule of Castalia, OH


Winter Lighthouse by Kay PauleWinter Lighthouse by Kay Paule of Castalia, OH


Monarch & Milkweed by Marcia TollesMonarch & Milkweed by Marcia Tolles of Geneva, OH


Huron River near Milan by Eric FreschHuron River near Milan by Eric Fresch of Huron, OH


Stop Drop and Curl! by John GodfreyStop, Drop, and Curl! by John Godfrey of Rocky River, OH


Sailing into the Sunset by Noel GingerichSailing into the Sunset by Noel Gingerich of Rockwood, MI


Young Birder 1st Biggest Week by David YonkeYoung Birder's 1st Biggest Week by David Yonke of Maumee, OH

Winter Hike by Denis ZaharijaWinter Hike by Denis Zaharija of Peninsula, OH