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For Immediate Release
September 9, 2020

Photos Chosen as Judges’ Favorites in 2020 ‘Life on Lake Erie’ Photo Contest

Out of 177 photographs submitted by amateur photographers, 11 were recognized as judges’ favorites in the annual Life on Lake Erie photo contest. Each photographer was recognized during the Ohio Lake Erie Commission’s (OLEC) Sept. 9 virtual meeting. This year’s photos feature the variety of places and life that reflect Ohio’s Lake Erie. The winning photos can be found at the Ohio Lake Erie Commission website,

“Lake Erie is one of Ohio’s most amazing natural treasures, and the annual Life on Lake Erie photo contest is a good way to highlight how the lake makes Ohio a great place to live and visit,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “Congratulations to all of the winning photographers, and thank you to everyone who entered photos and got outside to enjoy the lake.” 

OLEC sponsors the contest annually to encourage amateur photographers to share their pictures capturing the life on Lake Erie. The 177 photos received in 2020 by the Commission were one of the highest number of entries in the history of the contest.

The photo contest aims to convey the “Life on Lake Erie” message of day-to-day lives of the people, plants, and animals that live and thrive in the Lake Erie watershed. Winning photos are featured in OLEC’s traveling photo gallery tour (when available) to be conducted in 2021. Photos also may be featured in various state publications, promotional materials, and through OLEC social media outlets, including Facebook and Twitter. 

OLEC is pleased to honor the 2020 photo winners. 

Judges’ Favorites: 

  • Gateway of Hope, Hari Gopalakrishnan, Arlington, TX
  • Dawn on the Boardwalk, Lori Summers, Dublin
  • All Quiet on the Dock, Richard Rice, Rocky River

Winning Photos:

  • Foggy Morning, Richard McBride, Conneaut
  • Marblehead Sunrise, Robert Smith, Euclid
  • Frog at Sheldon Marsh, Cheryl Sullivan, Sandusky
  • Sunset Lake Erie Cleveland, Heather Torok, Shaker Heights
  • Morning Silhouette, Shea Alltmont, Amherst
  • Over the Docks, Hari Gopalakrishnan, Arlington, TX
  • Washed Ashore, Richard McBride, Conneaut
  • Blue Heron at Sunrise, Andrea Nagy

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission was established for the purpose of preserving Lake Erie's natural resources, protecting the quality of its waters and ecosystem, and promoting economic development in the region. The director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) serves as the commission's chairman. Additional members include the directors of the state departments of Transportation, Health, Development Services, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and seven additional members of the public appointed by the governor.

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For more information, contact:
Lynn Garrity, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(614) 506-0619

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