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1998 Lake Erie Photography Contest

July 9, 1998			  	CONTACT:  	Debbie Katterheinrich
							Public Information Specialist
							Ohio Lake Erie Office
							419/ 245-2514

For Immediate Release


TOLEDO, OH -  Ohioans of all ages enjoy capturing the special scenes of Lake Erie and its shoreline on film.  The Ohio Lake Erie Office's amateur photography contest is the perfect way to showcase your pictures and be eligible to win great prizes. But the August 31, 1998 contest deadline is drawing near, so send in your submissions today. 

The seventh annual Life on Lake Erie photo contest is designed to encourage participants to visit the shorelines of Lake Erie to take photographs and develop a greater appreciation of the lake.  Four grand prize winners will be selected, along with eight honorable mention winners.  Each of the grand prize winners will be awarded a $100 cash prize, and honorable mention winners will receive photography-related prizes valued at $50 each.

Contest participants can enter a maximum of two slides in any or all of the following categories: natural resources, recreation, commerce and transportation, and life on Lake Erie.  Each must be submitted in slide form and accompanied by a completed entry form.  All photos taken between September 1, 1997 and August 31, 1998 are eligible. 

The 1998 Life on Lake Erie photo contest is open to amateur photographers of all ages.  All entries become the property of the Ohio Lake Erie Office and are utilized for educational, promotional, and informational purposes.  The photo contest is part of Ohio's Coastweeks '98, the state's annual premiere celebration of Lake Erie and its shoreline.  Coastweeks, which features a variety of recreational, educational, and environmental events, will be held August 29 through September 21, 1998. 

All photo contest entries must be received at the Ohio Lake Erie Office by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 31, 1998.  The 1998 Life on Lake Erie photo contest winners will be announced at the Ohio Lake Erie Conference on September 24, 1998 at Kent State University - Ashtabula Campus in Ashtabula, Ohio. 

To receive a photo contest brochure and entry form or for more information about Ohio's Coastweeks, contact the Ohio Lake Erie Office, One Maritime Plaza, Toledo, OH 43604-1866, email: oleo@www.epa.state.oh.us or phone 419/245-2514.