May 5, 2021

Lighthouse Photo/Art Contest Winners Announced


The Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse (FPRL) announced the winners of their recent photo/art contest, held to celebrate The Lighthouse’s 150th anniversary this year. A total of 57 entries were received in the contest, including 48 photos and 9 visual arts works.

In the visual arts category, Pomham Rocks, a watercolor featuring reflections from across the bay, by Donna Kenny Kirwan of Rumford was the First Place winner. Honorable mention was awarded for Tommy III, The Fishing Cat, a watercolor by Thea Ernest of Riverside, which featured Pomham’s famous fishing cat and Pomham L’Attitude, an acrylic on gessoed cardboard, depicting the longitude and latitude of The Lighthouse, by Mary Ann Rossoni of Providence.

First Place winner in the photography contest was February Snow Sunrays, by Hillary Gillinder of Warwick., which caught the rays of winter sun through the clouds over The Lighthouse. Honorable mention was awarded to Thomas Duffy of Seekonk, MA for Pomham Lighthouse at Sunset, a golden sunset scene; David Zapatka of North Kingstown for Pomham Rocks Landscape, showing The Lighthouse among the stars; and Daniel LaCroix of Riverside for Through the Tower, a drone view in which he captured the setting sun through the glass panes of the lighthouse tower.

Photo entries were received from amateur and professional photographers and included views taken from every angle from the East Bay Bike Path and the Providence River, as well as drone views. There were distant views, close ups, sunny days, snowy days, sunsets and moonlit reflections on the bay. Entries in the visual arts contest used a variety of media, including pastel, watercolor, acrylic and gouache. Each entry was unique and depicted a different perception of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse.

Entries were evaluated on creativity, visual impact and technical excellence, as well as adaptability for intended use. Judging took place in April. The committee of five judges included a professional photographer, a professional illustrator, a retired public relations and marketing professional, FPRL's Facebook page editor and FPRL's Chair of the 150th Jubilee Committee.

First Place winners received a one-year family membership in Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse. Honorable Mention winners received a boat trip and tour of The Lighthouse. Winning entries will be displayed in the Gift Shop at PRL and in a special 150th anniversary display at East Providence City Hall later this year. A selection of photos submitted will be featured on a 2022 calendar and on merchandise sold in the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse Gift Shop.


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