For Immediate Release
September 18, 2019

Judges Choose Favorite Photos in ‘Life on Lake Erie’ Photo Contest

Eleven diverse photographs won the judges’ compliments as the favorites in the 2019 Life on Lake Erie photo contest. Photographers were recognized by the members of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission at its Sept. 18 meeting at the Black River Landing in Lorain.

“Lake Erie has so much to offer, and these photos tell it all,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.  “From sunsets and starry skies to sailboats and shorelines, this year’s winning submissions truly capture the immense beauty of life on Lake Erie.” 

“You can tell the photographers appreciate their subject, and sharing their love for Lake Erie through their photos will help Ohio promote the jewel on our northern border,” said Ohio Lake Erie Commission Executive Director Joy Mulinex. “I thank everyone who submitted photos for this year’s contest.”

This year’s photo winners captured the vast array of places one can experience Life on Lake Erie. The winning photos can be found on the Ohio Lake Erie’s website,

The Commission sponsors the contest annually and encourages amateur photographers to reveal their passion for one of Ohio’s most valuable and dynamic natural features, Lake Erie. In 2019, the Commission received 97 photo entries capturing a variety of images across the Lake Erie shoreline. 

The photo contest conveys the “Life on Lake Erie” message by capturing the day-to-day lives of the people, plants, and animals that live and thrive in the Lake Erie watershed. Winning photos are featured in the Commission’s traveling Lake Erie Photo Gallery that will be exhibited at destinations along the shoreline beginning in Spring 2020. Photos also may be featured in various state publications, promotional materials and through the Commission’s social media outlets, including Facebook:, and Twitter: @OhioLakeErie.

The 2019 photo winners are:

Judges’ Favorites

  • The Lifeline of Erie, Hari Gopalakrishnan, Warsaw, Ind.
  • High Waves, Rich McBride, Conneaut
  • Twilight Skyline, Brian Roberts, Lakewood
  • Room with a View, Shea Alltmont, Amherst

Winning Photos

  • The Glow in the Darkness, Hari Gopalakrishnan, Warsaw, Ind.
  • Missing my Mom, Andrea Nagy, Rocky River
  • Sailing at Sunset, Rich McBride, Conneaut
  • Summer Sunrise at the Lake, Kelly Chalfant, Perrysburg
  • Pleasure Craft at Cullen Park, Lucas Madison, Toledo
  • Spring at Metzger Marsh, Brian Ellithorpe, Oregon
  • Dinosaur Driftwood, Shea Alltmont, Amherst

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 chairwoman. 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

P.O. Box 1049 • Columbus, Ohio 43216 • (419) 357-2775

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