October 24, 2021

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, www.pawtucketri.com.  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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