CCWA Photo Contest Extended


Conewango Watershed Assoc

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Conewango Creek Watershed Association

Conewango Creek Watershed Association (CCWA) has announced that the deadline for the Conewango Creek Photo Contest has been extended to August 15, 2015. As part of the 2015 PA River of the Year celebrations, CCWA is holding a photo contest to showcase the beauty and wildlife of the Conewango Creek Watershed. Winning photos will be printed in a calendar for the 2016 calendar year and be available later this fall. Photos should be in digital jpeg format only and be emailed to
All subjects are welcome and may include: birds, wildlife, plants, flowers, insects, frogs, wetlands, sunsets, the creek itself, people enjoying the creek, etc. “Essentially anything found within the watershed can be a subject to photograph”, says Elizabeth Dropp, CCWA Board Member. “One of our great challenges is helping people to understand the watershed concept. We are trying to help people understand the relationship between the condition of the land and the condition of our waters. By asking them to send photos of any subject from the watershed we are trying to convey the ecosystem concept- the fact that everything in the watershed is interrelated. A watershed is the area of land that sends its water to a specific stream or lake. The watershed for the entire Conewango and its tributaries is 900 square miles. It extends North past Mayville and South Dayton, NY; West to Sherman, NY; East past Randolph, NY and South to Warren PA. It includes all of Chautauqua Lake, Bear Lake, Cassadaga Lakes and their watersheds as well as many ponds and miles of streams. Anything you find in that area is fair game for the photo contest.” Of those 900 square miles, 65% is in Chautauqua County, NY; 20% is in Cattaraugus County, NY and 15 % is in Warren County, PA.
Guidelines for submissions of photos are: digital jpeg format, at least 5 Megapixel size, in landscape orientation. Five photos per person limit so submit only your best photos. They must be emailed to by Aug. 15. For more information see our website at There is also a map on the website of the watershed. The website covers other information related to the contest such as contact information to include, etc. You can also email questions to the same email address or call our office at 814-726-1441.
The River of the Year program is sponsored by PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and administered by PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR). The Conewango Creek is only the 4th stream in northwestern PA to receive this award in the 33 year history of the contest. CCWA received a $10,000 grant to celebrate the River of the Year. See for additional details on this and other events.