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July 27, 2023
Winners Named in the Susquehanna Greenway 12th Annual Photo Contest
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Susquehanna River, Wildlife and River Towns Shine as Focus of Competition

Photo by Ryan Sotelo, Bloomsburg, PA — Grand Prize Winner & 1st Place in River Towns.


The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP) is pleased to announce the winners of the 12th Annual Photo Contest, Treasured Towns and Landscapes of the Susquehanna Greenway.

The photo contest drew images from across the Susquehanna Greenway, which runs along the Susquehanna River throughout Pennsylvania, and saw some of its most competitive submissions yet. Entries were presented to a select group of judges where they based their decisions on adherence to the category theme, composition, and quality. This year’s categories included Susquehanna Landmarks, Treasured River Towns, Susquehanna Adventures, and Wildlife.

“The depth of quality showcased across the entries in this year’s contest was simply fantastic,” says Shane Kiefer, Director of Marketing at the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau and one of this year’s judges. “It was certainly a challenge to narrow down the field, as there was a stunning amount of distinctive wildlife photos, unique angles of river towns and well-known landmarks, and inspiring riverside adventures on display. The winning photographers can certainly be proud of their achievements.”


A collage of the 2023 contest winners. Photo courtesy of Susquehanna Greenway Partnership.


Ryan Sotelo’s photo from Bloomsburg, PA was named the overall Grand Prize winner and 1st Place winner in the River Towns Category. The image depicts stunning aerial taken at sunset over the Town of Bloomsburg on the Lower North Branch of the Susquehanna River—which just happens to be Pennsylvania’s 2023 River of the Year. You can see Ryan’s photo and all the other winners on SGP’s website at and on SGP’s Facebook page.

In addition to receiving cash prizes, the contest winners will have their photos printed, framed, and displayed as part of a traveling gallery that will exhibit across the Susquehanna Greenway throughout the year.

“The photo contest provides a key touchpoint for people in locations all along the river,” explains SGP Director of Communications & Outreach, Alana Jajko, “As the traveling gallery moves from place to place so too do the scenes of the Susquehanna, encouraging viewers to discover the beauty and resources of the Susquehanna River.”


Photo by Alex Maleski, West Falls, PA — 3rd Place in Adventures.


“This year’s winners came from locations as far north as Wyoming County, as far south as Lancaster County, and as far West as Clearfield County, making for a collage of photos that truly showcases the wide variety of landscapes within the Susquehanna Greenway.”

Another NEPA location featured, placing 3rd in the Susquehanna Adventure category of the photo contest, was an aerial image of kayaks and canoes paddling on the North Branch in West Falls, PA taken by Alex Maleski.

In addition to the winning images, 12 Honorable Mentions were selected by the judges to be voted on by the public to select three People’s Choice Winners for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place in that category. Winners of that category are now posted along with the remaining category winners on SGP’s website.


Featured Image (top) courtesy of Susquehanna Greenway Partnership.