7th Annual Winners

The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP) is pleased to announce the winners of the 7thAnnual Susquehanna Greenway Photo Contest, Treasured Towns and Landscapes of the Susquehanna.

Entries from all across the state poured in during the five month contest, which ran from April 2018 to June 2018. Contest categories included Treasured Landscapes, Treasured River Towns, Susquehanna Adventures, and a Youth Category for young photographers under 18 years old.

The winners will receive a cash prize, will be featured in the August e-Connections newsletter, and will be printed, framed, and added to our traveling Photo Contest Gallery to exhibit across the state for the rest of the 2018/2019 fiscal year. Gallery locations include:

The winners of the 7th Annual Photo Contest will be gathered together in a 2019 calendar which will be on sale in the fall 2018. If you would liked to be notified when the calendar is avalaible for purchase, please email info@susquehannagreenway.org. 

Landscape Category

1st Place and Grand Prize - Robert E. Dawson Jr.
Marietta, PA

Shocks Mills Bridge is a railroad bridge that crosses between the Mt. Wolf & Marietta area. The bridge has stood since 1905, however in 1972 Hurricane Agnes damaged the middle section, which was ultimately replaced. The ends of the bridge remain the same as originally constructed. We almost missed this sunset because of the long hike to the bridge, but it was worth it!

2nd Place - Rita Kurtz
Hummels Wharf, PA

While kayaking on the Susquehanna River in Hummels Wharf, I decided to go through the inlet between the islands. About halfway through I saw a deer along the shore of the island. To my surprise it decided to cross the water right in front of me. Luckily I had my camera ready to take a photo and was able to capture the image.

3rd Place - Rita Kurtz
Selinsgrove, PA

I love to get out in the kayak and see the beauty along the Susquehanna River.

River Towns Category

1st Place - Rita Kurtz
Hummels Wharf, PA

This was the amazing fireworks display celebrating the 4th of July at the Susquehanna Valley Country Club in Hummels Wharf, PA.

2nd Place - Sally Bair
Elizabethtown, PA

It was a pleasure to be a part of the re-raising of the Star Barn; a true Greenway treasure.

3rd Place - Michael Sheely
Columbia, PA

As I was headed to the Columbia Riverpark via RT441, I noticed the beautiful sunset casting a bright glow on the houses along the RT30E ramp. I pulled over at the top of RT441 South and snapped this pic.

Susquehanna Adventures Category

1st Place - Ronald Metzger
Montgomery, PA

While kayaking with my brother on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River below the Montgomery bridge, he spotted a turtle that then disappeared. While he was reflecting on the scene, I photographed him from behind. When reviewing the picture, I discovered the turtle had stealthily resurfaced behind him and was also in the picture.

2nd Place - George Hendershot
Williamsport, PA

This was taken on my first real kayaking adventure with my wife and friend. It was a very relaxing and sunny day as we entered a small area where a sliver of the river travels around the south side of a small island. I took this photo within that area, and I was amazed when we came upon the view of the backwards C-shaped trees and its reflections when I reviewed it later. Although I was disappointed I did not have better camera gear with me that day, I was excited to have something to capture the beauty of the moment. This was the most enjoyable part of that day on the Susquehanna River.

3rd Place - Emily Hontz
Williamsport, PA

Always a summer favorite - our family enjoys taking a trip on the Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat. On this particular evening, we enjoyed a dinner cruise. My son, Asher (pictured), loved watching the wheel turn and seeing all the sights along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. 

Youth Category

1st Place - Tess Becket
Airville, PA

This was taken on a family photography outing; we had many fun shots!

2nd Place - Sarah Roach
Columbia, PA

I took this shot at the beginning of summer after a weekend spent on one of the islands. We were coming back to shore and were lucky enough to catch a beautiful sunset.

3rd Place - Liz Bottorf
Port Trevorton, PA

On the way home from an annual family trip to Maryland, I stopped along US 11/15 to take a shot of the fragile ice breaking apart on the Susquehanna.

People's Choice

People's Choice - Bonita McDowell
Lake Augusta, Sunbury, PA

"Our family loves to boat, and we enjoy many activities on the River. Water Skiing is one of them! We also tube, and this summer we will be trying wake boarding!"