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City of Pawtucket 20th Annual Photo Contest Winners Announced

Over 500 entries were exhibited for consideration for the City of Pawtucket 20th Annual Photo contest and will remain on display in the Visitors Center Gallery until October 7.  On Sunday, September 30th, at 4pm, the winners were announced by Mayor Donald R. Grebien to young and old alike, to see what pictures were selected for the 2019 City of Pawtucket Calendar.   Submissions were received from Attleboro and So. Attleboro, MA as well as Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket, Providence, and Rumford, RI.   After a public call for photo contest themes was advertised this past January, approximately 25 theme suggestions were received. The theme selected for this year’s contest was “Pawtucket:  A Closer Look” by Linda Dugas 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 2018 Photo Contest Winners

 Honorable Mentions:

#   S – 258              Mason Belisle  - Fallon Memorial

 #   S – 127              Kaylee Colo’n - Flora S. Curtis

#  18                       “Waiting For Pie” - Rebecca Siemering Pawtucket, RI

 #   S – 233              Maylan Jade Fernandes - Fallon Memorial

 #   S – 394              Owen Monaghan - Varieur Elementary

 #   23                       “Remember Peace” - Amanda Capasso Pawtucket, RI

 #   22                        “ Slater Park Spokes “ - Brooke Tunnicliffe Cumberland, RI

#  10                          “ Mama Duck at City Hall “ - Kathy Sawka Cumberand, RI


 2nd Place Winner  -   $50.00 cash prize

 #  15                            John Schondek Pawtucket, RI

 1st Place Winner  -   $75.00 cash prize

  #  3                         “Dragon Boat Race “ - Elaine Sandy Providence RI

Mayor’s Choice Award - $100 cash prize and cover of the 2019 City of Pawtucket Photo Calendar

# S 427                       Nora Ellis Calhoun - Francis J. Varieur 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.

Omar Bradley, is a local photographer & photojournalist, whose style of work is known as "street photography".  His professional journey began as a young intern at the Providence Journal in the 1960's, where he eventually became their first minority photographer hired at the newspaper. His photos have been published nationally and international and has received numerous press awards over the years for his work. Some of these publications include:  the Providence-Journal Bulletin, Sunday Magazine, the Fall River Herald, The Pawtucket Times, The Providence American, the Newpaper, RI Jewish Herald, National Business Review, the Providence Visitor, the New York Times, Newsweek, National Business Review, US Postal Service, US News and World Report, National Geographic, London Daily News and Der Spiegel.

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:

 (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”.

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