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Erie County Parks launches photo contest

SPRINGVILLE—From flowing waterfalls to luscious woods and trails filled with wildlife, parks throughout Erie County offer a variety of beautiful amenities for everyone to enjoy. With its newest contest, Erie County Parks, Recreation and Forestry is looking for park goers to snap their best picture of their favorite park.


The inaugural Find Your Next Adventure Photo Contest is looking for amateur photographers to submit their best photos from an Erie County park. The contest is open to Erie County residents only and photos must include people on some kind of adventure whether it be hiking, kayaking or any other way of enjoying a park.

“Our Erie County Parks Department have more than 10,000 acres of property for everyone to enjoy. I believe this photography competition will encourage county residents to pursue their own adventure at their favorite park or perhaps use the photo contest as an opportunity to visit a county park they are unfamiliar with,” Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said. “I look forward to seeing the photos using the #FindYourNextAdventure hashtag and wish all of the contest entrants the best of luck and to enjoy themselves this summer.”

Participants are asked to note which park the photo was taken in and the location in the park if possible. Local Erie County parks include Sprague Brook in Glenwood, Bureau of Forestry in Sardinia, Boston Forest in Boston, Eighteen Mile Creek in Hamburg, Chestnut Ridge in Orchard Park and Franklin Gulf in Eden and North Collins.

Photographers of the top three pictures will each receive pure New York state maple syrup. First place will receive a half gallon, second place will receive a quart and third place will receive a pint.

Photos can be submitted to Erie County Parks, Recreation and Forestry through either Facebook or Twitter using #FindYourNextAdventure by Sept. 3. Submitting photos for the contest gives Erie County the right to use them on the website and social media.

For more information and full rules for the Find Your Next Adventure Photo Contest, visit


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