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GLIN==> "Life on Lake Erie" Photo Contest Winners on Display in 2005

News Release
February 1, 2005


Exhibit will travel to Lorain, Cleveland, Port Clinton, Put-in-Bay, Toledo, Cuyahoga Falls and Ashtabula

TOLEDO, OH - Winning images from the 2004 "Life On Lake Erie" Photo Contest will travel the lake shoreline this year as part of an ongoing effort to educate the public about the recreational and environmental value of the region.

First place and honorable mention winners in each of six categories are on display at the Lorain County Visitors Bureau, 8025 Leavitt Road in Amherst until February 4 when they will move to the Moore House Museum, 309 W. Fifth St. in Lorain until March 1. Additional display sites and dates are listed below.

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (LEC) sponsors the annual "Life on Lake Erie" photo contest and in 2004, the contest drew 266 entries that illustrated the following aspects of coastal life: Fun on Ohio's North Coast, Traveling Ohio's Shoreline, Lake Erie Lighthouses, Plants & Wildlife, Seasons of Lake Erie, and Shoreline Landscapes.

A candid fishing snapshot by Pat Villanucci of Lorain placed first in the Fun on Ohio's North Coast category and also captured a special judges' award for its wit and whimsy. Additional first place winners were John Rees of Blacklick, Dee Riley of Ashtabula, Michael Lake of Port Clinton, Doreen Kirk of Marblehead and Margie Ritter of Copley.

Deadline for submitting entries for the 2005 "Life on Lake Erie" photo contest is August 5.  Photos must have been taken between August 7, 2004 and August 1, 2005 and may depict any person, plant, wildlife, activity or scene in the lake's watershed. There are no specific categories for this year's contest.

Photos will be judged in two categories - amateur and professional. To enter, send your 5x7 print or digital picture via U.S. mail along with your completed entry form to the Ohio Lake Erie Commission office.  Digital entries must be in jpg, gif or tif format and be a minimum resolution of 1600x1200. 

Additional information about the 2005 "Life on Lake Erie" photo contest is available at the Commission's Toledo office at 419-245-2514 or at the Commission's web site: http://www.epa.state.oh.us/oleo

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission is made up of the directors of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of Natural Resources, Transportation, Development, Health and Agriculture. The Commission was established for the purpose of protecting Lake Erie and its watershed and administers Ohio's Lake Erie Protection Fund. The majority of revenue raised for the Fund comes from the sales of Lake Erie license plates featuring the Marblehead Lighthouse and Toledo Harbor Lighthouse, designed by artist Ben Richmond.


For Further Information Contact:

Edwin J. Hammett, Executive Director

Ohio Lake Erie Commission

One Maritime Plaza, 4th Floor,

Toledo, OH  43604

Ph:  419-245-2514

EDITORS NOTE: A list of display sites and locations for the 2004 "Life on Lake Eire" photo contest winners follows

  • February 4-28 - Black River Historical Society, Moore House Museum, 309 W. Fifth St., Lorain
  • March 1 - April 30 - Leonard Krieger Canalway Center, 4524 E. 49th St., Cuyahoga Heights
  • May - Ottawa County/Lake Erie Regional Welcome Center, 770 S.E. Catawba Rd. (Route 53), Port Clinton
  • June 11-12 - Miller Boat Line Offices, Village of Put-in-Bay
  • June 13 - July 31 - Ashtabula Marine Museum, 1071 Walnut Blvd., Ashtabula
  • August - American Maritime Officers Building, One Maritime Plaza, Toledo
  • September 15 - December 31 - Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erie Avenue, Cleveland