City Hall will be closed on the last business day of the week, which will primarily fall on a Friday. In accordance with the Governor’s Pause, City Hall will be closed to the public from November 30th to December 13th. We continue to encourage the community to safely and securely use the online and mail services that are available on the Pawtucket website. Residents and businesses can still contact City Hall Departments during hours of operation by calling City Hall and its employees, who will continue to work in the building, at 401-728-0500. A drop box is also available outside of City Hall.

Home > News > Deadline Extended to AUGUST 21, 2020 and NEW GUIDELINES for Pawtucket’s 22nd Annual Photo Contest

Deadline Extended to AUGUST 21, 2020 and NEW GUIDELINES for Pawtucket’s 22nd Annual Photo Contest

PAWTUCKET – It’s that time of year for the annual City of Pawtucket Photo Contest, where selected winning photos are used in the ever-popular City Photo Calendar made available to residents free of charge each December – but COVID-19 has presented it’s challenges even for this photo challenge. 

This past February the City of Pawtucket and The Camera Werks proudly announced the 22nd Annual City of Pawtucket Photo Contest, where twelve winning photos would be selected by a panel of local professional photographers for placement in the 2021 City Calendar.  This year’s photo contest judges will include Butch Adams, Richard Benjamin, Christy Christopoulos, Peter Goldberg and Aaron Usher. 

This annual contest provides an opportunity to bring awareness to the daily life, historic locations and the ever changing landscape of Pawtucket through the lens of a camera. The contest is open to residents and non-residents alike, but the photo must be taken in Pawtucket. After a public call for photo contest themes was advertised in January, “Hiding in Plain Sight” by Louise H. Zacharie of Cumberland was selected.

Because of the restrictions for safety issues on public spaces, group gatherings and distancing, all photo submissions will be accepted on line this year, and all submitted photos will be on ‘exhibit’ on the City of Pawtucket website.  This will allow participants to safely submit photos for this annual exhibit. Because of these recent changes, we have also extended the deadline to:  August 21.    All photos must be submitted by this date.

Contest Rules: All photo submissions should follow the contest theme. All photos must be taken in the City of Pawtucket within the past year. Only one entry per contestant submitted by the photographer. Photos may be in color or black & white.     All photos must be of good quality, hi-resolution and in JPEG format.  Photos should be emailed to:   Please include your name, address, phone number and title of submission.  All photos will be displayed on the City of Pawtucket website ( during the month of  September. The Mayor’s Choice Award will receive a $100 cash prize. First Place will receive a $75.00 cash prize. Second Place will receive a $50.00 cash prize and other remaining winners will receive gift certificates.

All winning photos will be used in the City of Pawtucket’s 2021 Calendar.  For further information, please call (401) 273-5367.


For Immediate Release
July 24, 2020
Contact: Patricia Zacks, 401-273-5367

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