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City of Pawtucket 23rd Annual Photo Contest Winners Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      October 4, 2021

CONTACT:      Patricia Zacks



City of Pawtucket

23rd Annual Photo Contest

Winners Announced



This year 99 entries were received for consideration for the City of Pawtucket 23rd Annual Photo contest which created a ‘virtual exhibit’ on the city website, Aside from Pawtucket, submissions were received from Cumberland, Cranston, Greenville, Lincoln, North Smithfield, Providence, RI as well as Blackstone, North Attleboro and Rehoboth, MA, Fountain Valley, CA and Brentwood, TN. 


While social distancing and public gatherings have impacted this annual celebration, this year the contest was completely displayed and judged on-line, where photos could be easily and safely viewed from home.  From these entries, twelve winning photos, were selected by a panel of local professional photographers that included Butch Adams, Richard Benjamin, Christy Christopoulos, Peter Goldberg and Aaron Usher.


Following tradition, one winning photo was chosen by Mayor Donald R. Grebien for the distinct honor of being used for the 'cover shot'.  All winning photos will be used in the City of Pawtucket's 2022 Photo Calendar.  Calendars are made available free of charge and can be found in Pawtucket City Hall late December. 


On Sunday, September 26th, at 4pm, the winners were announced by Mayor Donald R. Grebien through a video presentation for viewers to learn and see what pictures were selected for the City of Pawtucket 2022 Calendar. After a public call for photo contest themes was advertised this past January, a record number of 50 theme suggestions were received. The theme selected for this year’s contest was “Uniquely Pawtucket” by Sandy Benson of Pawtucket.


Included in this year’s contest making up the student division were several 5th grade students from the City’s elementary schools who recently participated in a video photo workshop this past May.   Participating in this contest included students from:   Flora S. Curtis, Fallon, and Nathanael Greene.  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 Photo Contest Winners – 2021









Honorable Mentions:


# S-1   Nathan DaGraca

            Curtis Elementary School – 5th grade



# 46     “Blackstone River Bridge Catwalk”


            Steve Petit

            Fountain Valley, CA



# 1       “Beauty on the Bike Path”


            Tracey E. Zeckhausen

            Pawtucket, RI



# 16     “Two Ways To See Things”


            Mary Healey

            Pawtucket, Ri



# 9       “Untitled”


            David Lawlor

            Providence, RI



# 7       “The Best Reindeer:  Patrick”


            Jenn Lombari

            Pawtucket, RI



# 43     “Geese at Slater Mill”


            Ryan E. Varone

            Cranston, RI



# 18     “Serenity”


            Bob Matusik

            Brentwood, TN

3rd Place:



# 10     “Railroading in Pawtucket”


            Cory Scothon

            Cumberland, RI



2nd Place:      $50.00 cash prize



# 30     “……the clouds, the river and Pawtucket”


            Demi Pita

            Riverside, RI




1st Place:       $ 75.00 cash prize



# 23     “Because He’s Mine I Walk The Line”


            Danielle Kulaga

            Pawtucket,   RI




Mayors Choice:    $ 100.00 cash prize and cover of the City of Pawtucket 2022 Photo Calendar




# S-23  Jennifer Maduagwuna

            Nathanael Greene Elementary School – 5th grade









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