10th Annual Winners

The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP) is pleased to announce the winners of the 10thAnnual Susquehanna Greenway Photo Contest, Treasured Towns and Landscapes of the Susquehanna.

Entries from all across the state poured in during the three-month contest period, which ran from April 2021 to June 2021. Contest categories included Treasured Landscapes, Treasured River Towns, Susquehanna Adventures, and Wildlife.

The winners will receive a cash prize, will be featured in our Fall 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 2021/2022 fiscal year. Gallery locations include:


Susquehanna Adventures Category

Grand Prize and 1st Place Winner - Nick Zell 

White Cliffs of Conoy 

"While exploring the White Cliffs of Conoy, I came upon a man watching the sunset on his bike. I politely asked permission to take his picture, to which he agreed with a smile."

2nd Place Winner - John Reitzel

Wrightsville, PA

"A great way to spend a beautiful summer evening, fishing on the Susquehanna river as the sun is setting."

3rd Place Winner - Matthew Krupp 

Harrisburg, PA

"This is a photo capture of a young girl, playing an improvised game of riverfront hopscotch at sunset along the Harrisburg River Walk."

Landscapes Category

1st Place Winner - Tony Ragusea

Lewisburg, PA

"On this late snowy night the lights from Lewisburg reflected off the low clouds making it seem much brighter than it would otherwise be. I was struck by the muted beauty of the sombre brown tones with the white snow accents. The house across the river creates a mysterious focal point."

2nd Place Winner - David Walsh

Marie Antoinette Overlook

"On the way home from a long day trip out to Pine Creek Gorge we stopped at the Marie Antoinette Overlook and found this view. Wow! The late day lighting was soft and lighting up the beautiful farms and the river below. This was my first time to this spot and I think this is one of the best landscapes I have taken this year. I like the spot so much I got up early the next morning and drove one hour back to this spot to see if the morning light would make for even a better photo - Nope. This one was the best."

3rd Place Winner - Rita Kurtz

Selinsgrove, PA

"This is a photo of comet NEOWISE. If you look close you can see the tail of the comet."

River Towns Category 

1st Place Winner - John Reitzel

Columbia, PA

"This beautiful mural painted on the side of this historic building greets visitors to Historic Downtown Columbia. One morning the sunrise provided the perfect backdrop for this as well as the Columbia Borough office."

2nd Place Winner - Michael Yatsko 

Harrisburg, PA

"I take a lot of Harrisburg sunrise photos but this one blew me away. I could see from my house that it was going to be a good one so I grabbed my gear and headed to the river. A half hour before sunrise the sky was on fire. One of my top 5 Harrisburg sunrises for sure. This is why I get up at 5:00 in the morning!!!"

3rd Place Winner - William Anderson 

Millersburg, PA

"Railroads helped local towns prosper along the Susquehanna river not only providing a necessary means for goods to get there, but also as a major source of transportation for people in the pre-automobile era. Though the train no longer stops in Millersburg, but it still passes the historic Millersburg Station on its way north."

Wildlife Category 

1st Place Winner - Scott Canouse

Briar Creek Lake

"A snapping turtle rolls over on its back and appears to do the back stroke." 

2nd Place Winner - Scott Canouse

Wetlands Nature Area

"A pileated woodpecker tosses debris in the air as he hammers a fallen tree looking for bugs."

3rd Place Winner - James Cole

Athens Township 

"We have a local park within the Susquehanna Greenway where I stumbled upon this female laying her eggs. I took a few photos and then a few videos of her in the egg-laying process, which was neat to witness the first time. This of course is a common snapping turtle. She's been around for quite some time I believe. This photo of this girl was taken after she had laid her eggs. I didn't want to disturb her too much until she had finished. After this I watched her mosey back to the pond leaving her eggs buried in the mud behind us."


People's Choice

People's Choice - Ed Boardman

Towanda, PA

"The Bradford County Courthouse on Main Street in Towanda, Pa., as snow begins to fall on an early wintery morning."