NY Canal System photo contest shows beauty, splendor of a great resource (see winners)

WATERFORD, NY – The winners of the 15th Annual Erie Canalway Photo Contest have been chosen from more than 435 entries.

The winning images, which represent the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, will be featured in the 2021 Erie Canalway calendar, which will be available for free at libraries, visitor centers and by request beginning in December.

“These remarkable images remind us that the NYS Canal System remains a symbol of strength for our communities, providing a distinct sense of place and pride in where we live, work and play. We are delighted to share them widely,” said Bob Radliff, executive director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, which sponsored the contest.

Brian U. Stratton, director of the New York State Canal Corporation, added, “As New Yorkers, we are lucky—it’s easy to take for granted the natural beauty around every corner.

“The Erie Canalway’s annual photo contest gives us

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The Empress of The Style Invitational on this week’s ‘grandfoal’ contest and haiku results

Also back in May — as we’ve been doing every year since 2006 — we followed up with the “grandfoals” contest, to “breed” any two of the names that got ink that week. As usual, the entry pool diminished by almost half from the previous month, but 2,000 entries are still a ton for an Invite contest (remember, I’m the only person who judges the entries, and I do like the occasional hour of sleep).

But then sheez, I figured that Week 1382, Week 1386 AND Week 1400 would be enough horses for a while! So I ran one of our recurring Ask Backwards contests instead. But then sheez no. “When do we get to do the grandfoals for these horses?’ I was asked by some of the more dedicated members of the Loser Community as soon as I printed the Week 1400 results. After that, I even heard from

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Imagining Sustainable Fashion Contest Launches This Month

Milan-based eco-hub CLASS and nonprofit Connecting Cultures have launched “Imagining Sustainable Fashion,” a new international creative competition designed to bring eco fashion to the fore.

Open to cross-disciplinary creatives starting Oct. 6 to midnight Jan. 12 via submission to [email protected], the open design contest is meant to encourage a new dialogue on sustainable fashion. Details are available at and projects can include traditional media as well as new digital or immersive formats.

“We are looking for new solutions — it’s not enough to just talk about a leaf or green color. In our mind when it comes to the new innovation for sustainability, we need to design something different something that is telling the value,” said Giusy Bettoni, founder and chief executive officer of CLASS (standing for Creativity Lifestyle and Sustainable Synergy).

For 13 years, Bettoni has been devoted to responsible innovation in materials, but even in the past

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Style Conversational Week 1404: The Empress of the Style Invitational on this week’s contest and results

But like just about everything else this year, the pandemic sent the Triple Crown schedule into cuckooland, with the Derby postponed from May to September, the Preakness till October, and the Belmont, usually last and longest, run first, but at a shorter length. What to do with the Invite: I wasn’t sure we’d get any Derby race at all, so back in May I went ahead with Week 1382, presenting a list of 100 previous Derby winners back to 1878 and putting them up for stud. The results were, as always, a delightful deluge of puns and other wordplay, sifted from almost 4,000 entries. And then, as usual, we had the encore “grandfoals” contest in which the inking entries were bred with one another, with similarly clever results.

But sure enough, the Kentucky Derby did go off on Sept. 5, and I couldn’t resist playing the ponies one more time

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Fred Segal Partners With Black in Fashion Council to Launch Season Zero Design Contest

The inaugural design competition will support emerging designers and artisans within the creative and fashion industries

Fred Segal, the iconic Los Angeles based experiential retailer, is teaming up with the Black in Fashion Council, an organization dedicated to securing the advancement of Black people within the industry, to launch the Season Zero design contest. The annual competition will begin accepting submissions on Oct. 1, and is open nationwide to early stage designers and artisans in an effort to provide a platform for unestablished members of the fashion and creative industries.

The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 cash reward, a coveted pop-up showcasing the designer’s work at Fred Segal’s flagship location in West Hollywood for the Spring 2021 season and a prestigious mentorship opportunity with Fred Segal and the Black in Fashion Council. The contest will also recognize the second and third place runner ups, who will each receive

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Style Invitational Week 1404: Ask Backwards 38, a not-so-‘Jeopardy!’ contest

Submit up to 25 entries at (no capitals in the Web address). Deadline is Monday, Oct. 12; results will appear Nov. 1 in print, Oct. 29 online.

Winner gets the Lose Cannon, our Style Invitational trophy. Second place receives a Chinese army-style red-starred olive drab cap, picked up in China a while back by a “a former U.S. government ‘researcher,’ if you know what I mean,” says its donor, Loser Steve Smith.

The Style Conversational: The Empress’s weekly online column discusses each new contest and set of results. See this week’s at

Our new Loser-made podcast! In Episodes 1 through  4 of  You’re Invited, host Mike Gips has interviewed the Empress, Top Inviter Ever Chris Doyle, Founder of the Loser Community Elden Carnahan, and Current Dominator Duncan Stevens. Hear each half-hour at; the next one will drop in a few weeks. 

Horse and jokey: The foal

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Manappuram conducts first beauty contest post-lockdown

Deepa Lal from Kerala has won the Manappuram Mrs South India 2020 title. Candida Andrade Halgekar from Karnataka was the first runner-up and Bhavna Rao from Tamil Nadu, the second runner-up.

Chandralekha Nath was crowned Manappuram Miss Queen Kerala — Swetha Jayaram was first runner-up, and Reema Nair, second runner-up.

The third edition of Manappuram Mrs South India and the eighth edition of Manappuram Miss Queen Kerala were conducted simultaneously at SAJ Earth Resorts in Kochi.

This is the first beauty event to be organised in the country since the Covid-19 lockdown. Moreover, this is the first time the possibility of the virtual mode has been fully explored.

The winners of the Miss Queen Kerala were crowned by Pegasus Global MD Jebitha Ajit and the winners of Mrs South India 2020 were crowned by the founder of SCAAS, Shiney Justine.

At least eight women from four South Indian States —

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DVIDS – News – Spooktacular Pets Can Earn Families $3,000 in Exchange Gift Cards During Howl-O-Ween Photo Contest

DALLAS – Military shoppers can show off their furry friends’ boo-tiful costumes for a chance to win $3,000 in gift cards during the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Howl-O-Ween pet costume contest.

From Oct 1. through Oct. 31, authorized Exchange shoppers can submit a photograph of their pet dressed for Halloween at Two grand-prize winners will each receive a $500 Exchange gift card, while eight runners-up will each receive a $250 Exchange gift card.

“Putting on a costume for Halloween isn’t just for kids or kids at heart,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Osby, the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor. “This contest is a great way for pets to strut down the catwalk and win some prizes for their families.”

Honorably discharged Veterans who have verified their eligibility to shop the Exchange online are eligible to participate, too. Veterans can find out more on the Exchange’s

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