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21st Annual Photo Contest Winners Announced

Over 500 entries were exhibited for consideration for the City of Pawtucket 21st Annual Photo contest and will remain on display in the Visitors Center Gallery until October 6.  On Sunday, September 29th, at 4pm, the winners were announced by Mayor Donald R. Grebien to young and old alike, to see what pictures were selected for the 2020 City of Pawtucket Calendar.     After a public call for photo contest themes was advertised this past January, approximately 20 theme suggestions were received. The theme selected for this year’s contest was “Pawtucket Works” by Jax Adele of Pawtucket.

Included in this contest were all 5th grade students from the City’s elementary schools who recently participated in a photo workshop this past May.     These 10 elementary schools included:  Baldwin, Cunningham, Flora S. Curtis, Curvin-McCabe, Fallon, Nathanael Greene, Agnes Little, Potter-Burns, Varieur and Henry J. Winters.   This project was made possible by the Pawtucket Public School Department, the City of Pawtucket and The Camera Werks of Providence.      And the winners are: 

City of Pawtucket 2019 Photo Contest Winners

Honorable Mentions:

#   S – 5                   Elijah Colon
                                 Eliz. Baldwin Elementary

#   2                        “Brady On My Mind”
                                Herb Weiss
                                Pawtucket, RI

#  S- 193                 Lalyanna Cosme
                               Curvin-McCabe Elementary

#  S – 123              Sheena McFarlane
                              Flora S. Curtis Elementary

#   S – 43               Rafa Miranda
                               Eliz. Baldwin Elementary 

#   S-144                Briana Silva
                              Flora S. Curtis Elementary

#   17                     “Ringmaster”
                                Louise Zacharie
                                Cumberland, RI

#  4                       “Pawtucket:  Whatever You Need”
                              Janice McHale
                              Pawtucket, RI


2nd Place Winner  -   $50.00 cash prize

#  14                   “Working On Freedom
                              Doreen Castro
                              Pawtucket, RI

1st Place Winner  -   $75.00 cash prize

 #  12                   “Now As Then – Pawtucket Works “
                               Linda C. Dugas
                               Pawtucket,  RI

Mayor’s Choice Award - $100 cash prize and cover of the 2020 City of Pawtucket Photo Calendar

# S - 13                 Christen Johnson
                              Eliz. Baldwin Elementary


About our Judges:

Butch Adams, award winning photographer formerly from The Pawtucket Times and recipient of several awards from the National Press Association, the New England Press Association and the RI Press Association for his photography.

Richard Benjamin, has been a photojournalist for 33 years, 27 of them at the Providence Journal.  Today he is a “fine art photographer” and has captured various locations many times at different times of the day and in different seasons of the year.  He aspires to capture the magic of Rhode Island, which includes photos that show the lifestyle and how people in Rhode Island enjoy simply living here, which ultimately brings about a greater appreciation for the smallest state in the union.   Richard is also a provider of stock photos of Rhode Island, in addition to publishing several books on his photography.

Herman Brewster is a retired teacher and nature photographer.  His subjects are bees and flowers, flowing water, birds, trees and the multitude of patterns found in nature.  He has photographed the rivers of Rhode Island, the Grand Canyon, the wildlife of Merritt Island, and the mountains of the Adirondack Park.  He states “I am in awe of nature and never tire of its beauty.  Nature reminds me to look for details”.  His work can be found at the Attleboro Art Museum and on greeting cards.

Christy Christopoulos, a native Rhode Islander born and raised - is a Pawtucket based photographer who opened his studio in 1986.  With over twenty years of experience in photography, he has had the opportunity to work on numerous and exciting accounts such as GE, Reebok FM Global, Macys and PaineWebber and specializes in product and portrait photography.  He has won several awards for his work, including a number of Kodak gallery awards, Fuji awards, and the Mead paper award.

Aaron Usher is a Rhode Island based commercial photographer specializing in architecture, interiors, and fine-art photography. A 38-year pro, his clients are mainly companies in the building industry, such as architects & interior designers, as well as, web and graphic designers.  This work is used to market his clients’ businesses in magazines, web sites, and company brochures.  Aaron's personal work featuring Ice Abstractions and Unusual Juxtapositions, in exhibited in galleries throughout the region.  He lives in Pawtucket with his wife, Lynn and their golden retriever, Lily.


Some of the themes from past contests have been:

(2018) “Pawtucket:  A Closer Look; (2017) “The Flavor of Pawtucket;  (2016) "Pawtucket’s Color Palette”,  (2015) “Pawtucket:  A Different Perspective, (2014) " Piece of Pawtucket",  (2013) “All in a Day’s Work”, (2012) “The Four Seasons of Pawtucket”, (2011) “Reflections of Pawtucket,  (2010) “Faces of Pawtucket”,  (2009) “Doorways & Gateways in Pawtucket”, (2008) “Paws (or Pause) in Pawtucket”; (2007) “Historic Places in Pawtucket”;   (2006) “Pawtucket People, Places or Things”; (2005) “Discovering Pawtucket”; (2004)  “Taking Pride in Our Neighborhoods”; (2003)  “Pawtucket Mills: Our Past and Our Future” and (2000, 2001, 2002) “Pawtucket: A City in Focus”.


For Immediate Release
September 30, 2019
Patricia Zacks

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