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GLIN==> 2000 "Life on Lake Erie" Photography Contest Winners Announced



September 8, 2000

CONTACT:   Jamie Kochensparger
Public Information Specialist
Ohio Lake Erie Commission
419/245-2514
jamie.kochen@www.epa.state.oh.us


For Immediate Release

Ohio Lake Erie Commission Announces
2000 Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest Winners

TOLEDO, OH -  The Ohio Lake Erie Commission is pleased to announce the
winners of the 2000 Life on Lake Erie Photography Contest, which were
unveiled at the Ninth Annual Ohio Lake Erie Conference on September 7, 2000,
at the Radisson Harbour Inn in Sandusky, OH.  The Life on Lake Erie Photo
Contest is part of Ohio's Coastweeks, the state's annual celebration of Lake
Erie.

This amateur photography contest was developed to encourage participants to
visit the shorelines of Lake Erie to take photographs and develop an
appreciation of the lake.  The contest judging panel (consisting of 9
representatives from several state and federal agencies)  selected one grand
prize winner and two honorable mentions from each of the following
categories:  Natural Resources, Recreation, Commerce & Transportation, and
"Life on Lake Erie"; a creative category which allows photographers to
depict what "Life on Lake Erie" means to them.

The 2000 Grand Prize winners are:  Dennis Hale of Bowling Green (2 grand
prize entries and overall judges' choice), Brid Wills of Mantua, and Mike
Saletra of Lakeside.

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The 2000 Honorable Mention winners are: Arnold Ehrsam of Sandusky (2
honorable mentions), Susan Sobol of Lorain, Steve Davis of Pandora (2
honorable mentions), Dennis Hale of Bowling Green, and Mike Saletra of
Lakeside (2 honorable mentions).

Each of the grand prize winners will receive a $100 cash prize.  Honorable
mention winners will be awarded photography-related prizes valued at $50.
All 12 winning photos will be displayed in a travelling exhibit for the next
year at various locations along the Northcoast. The Life on Lake Erie
Photography Contest is open to amateur photographers of all ages.  All
entries become the property of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission and are used
for educational, promotional and informational purposes.

Next year's contest is currently in the process of being reviewed and
revamped. For more information on how to become involved in the Life on Lake
Erie 2001 Photography Contest, contact the Ohio Lake Erie Commission Office
at 419/245-2514; by email: oleo@www.epa.state.oh.us or by mail: One Maritime
Plaza, Toledo, OH  43604-1866.


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Jamie Kochensparger
Public Information Specialist
Ohio Lake Erie Commission
One Maritime Plaza, 4th Floor
Toledo, OH  43604-1866
419/245-2514
fax:  419/245-2519




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