For Immediate Release
October 11, 2013

Ashtabula Resident Wins ‘Life on Lake Erie’ Photo Contest

Ashtabula resident Dee Riley won the judges’ compliments for her photo “Summer Fun,” which was declared as the overall judges’ favorite for the 2013 Life on Lake Erie photo contest. Riley was recognized along with nine other winning photographers by the members of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission at their Sept. 25 meeting in Cuyahoga Heights.

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) sponsors the contest annually and encourages camera aficionados to submit photos that convey the “Life on Lake Erie” message as they enjoy Ohio’s Great Lake. The photo contest is aimed at capturing the day-to-day lives of people, plants and animals that live and thrive in the Lake Erie watershed. Winning photos are featured in OLEC’s traveling Lake Erie Photo Gallery that will be exhibited at destinations along the shoreline in the coming months. 

This year’s winners are from all along the Lake Erie shoreline from Toledo to Conneaut. The winning photos can be found on OLEC’s website, as well as on the commission’s Facebook page.

OLEC is pleased to honor these photo winners:

  • Nancy Scott of Perrysburg for her picture “After the Rain,” taken at WW Knight Nature Preserve;
  • Lou McLove of Toledo for his picture “Early Morning,” taken at Swan Creek Metro Park;
  • Bruce Bennett of Chardon for his picture “Storm Day,” taken at Mentor Headlands State Park in Mentor;
  • Amy Edixon of Ashtabula for her picture “Blue Butterfly,” taken at Put-in-Bay;
  • Richard McBride of Conneaut for his picture “Playing at the Beach,” taken at Conneaut Township Park;
  • Valerie Giovannucci of Maumee for her picture “Walleye Run, Side Cut Park,” taken at the Maumee River;
  • Dee Riley of Ashtabula for her picture “Summer Fun,” taken at Lakeshore Park, Ashtabula;
  • Nancy Scott of Perrysburg for her picture “Taking Care of Her,” taken at Wildwood Metro Park;
  • Lou McLove of Toledo for his picture “Male Cardinal,” taken at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge;
  • Richard McBride of Conneaut for his picture “Waves at Sunset,” taken at Conneaut Township Park.

OLEC also oversees the Ohio Lake Erie Protection Fund, which is the source of grant money for projects that benefit the lake’s watershed economically and environmentally. The fund is supported by Ohioans who purchase a Lake Erie license plate displaying the Marblehead Lighthouse or Toledo Harbor Lighthouse designed by Ohio artist Ben Richmond.

OLEC was created to preserve Lake Erie's natural resources, enhance its water quality and promote economic development in the region. The director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency serves as the commission's chairman. Additional members include the directors of the state departments of Transportation, Health, Development, Agriculture and the Department of Natural Resources.


Editor’s Note: Digital images of the winning photographs from the 2013 “Life on Lake Erie” photo contest are available on OLEC’s Facebook page and at

For more information, contact:
Gail Hesse, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(419) 621-2040
Dina Pierce, Ohio EPA
(614) 644-2160