Photo contest entries available online

Photo contest entries available online

PAWTUCKET – It’s that time of year for the annual City of Pawtucket Photo Contest exhibit, where all submitted photos this year are being displayed in a virtual exhibit on the city website, www.pawtucketri.com .

Ninety submissions were received for the 22nd annual Pawtucket Photo Contest. The contest was open to residents and non-residents, but the photo must have been taken in Pawtucket. After a public call for photo contest themes was advertised in January, approximately 10 theme suggestions were received. The theme selected for this year’s contest was “Hiding in Plain Sight” submitted by Louise Zacharie of Cumberland.

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’s 2021 calendar. Calendars are made available free of charge and can be found in Pawtucket City Hall by late December.

One highlight of this annual contest has been the participation of 5th-graders from the city’s public schools, says organizer Pat Zacks. This year, because of the tremendous support and efforts made by the teachers and school administration, students were provided a photo workshop through video, providing them instructions with photo technique to help them participate in this contest. Students were encouraged to use their creativity while exploring their surroundings, with the contest theme subject to the students’ interpretation. The result from this workshop is what is on exhibit today.

Participating students were from Baldwin, Fallon Memorial, Curtis, Nathanael Greene, Potter-Burns, and Varieur Elementary Schools in Pawtucket.

All photos will remain on the site during September. The Mayor’s Choice Award will receive $100 cash prize, First Place will receive a $75 cash prize, and 2nd Place will receive a $50 cash prize, with remaining winners receiving gift certificates. All winning photos will be used in the calendar.

Winners will be announced by Grebien on the site on Sept. 27 after 4 p.m. This year’s judges featured professional photographers Butch Adams, Richard Benjamin, Christy Christopolous, Peter Goldberg and Aaron Usher. This contest and project were made possible through support of the city of Pawtucket, the Pawtucket School Department and The Camera Werks of Providence.