Annual Photo Contest entries on display in the Visitor Center

Annual Photo Contest entries on display in the Visitor Center

PAWTUCKET – More than 500 submissions have been received for the city of Pawtucket’s 21st annual Photo Contest and are on display throughout the month of September in the Visitor Center Gallery, 175 Main St.

From these entries, 12 winning photos will be selected by a panel of local professional photographers. Following tradition, one winning photo will be chosen by Mayor Donald Grebien for the distinct honor of being used for the cover shot. All winning photos will be used in the city of Pawtucket’s 2020 Photo Calendar.

Participating in this year’s contest is the entire 5th grade population from the 10 elementary public schools in the city of Pawtucket. Their photos are the culmination of a six-month project in which photographer Richard Benjamin, along with photographer Herman Brewster and Patricia Zacks from The Camera Werks, visited and worked with the students in their classrooms.

Using a PowerPoint presentation and some photo basics, students were instructed to use their imagination, follow the contest theme and explore their community using a disposable Fuji film camera. Individual creativity was strongly encouraged and the contest theme was subject to the students’ interpretation. The result from this workshop is what is on exhibit today.

Winners will be announced by Grebien on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m., at a public reception where they may meet the contest judges at the Blackstone Valley Visitor’s Center. This year’s judges featured professional photographers Butch Adams, Richard Benjamin, Herman Brewster, Christy Christopolous and Aaron Usher.

This contest and project was made possible by the support of its sponsors: the city of Pawtucket, the Pawtucket School Department and The Camera Werks of Providence.