PAWTUCKET — It seems a lot of photographers have an idea about what represents a slice of life in Pawtucket. Over 300 submissions were received for the city’s 15th annual Photo Contest under the theme “A Piece of Pawtucket.”
The entries are on display for viewing in the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center Gallery, 175 Main St., Pawtucket. From these 300 entries, 12 winning photos will be selected by several local professional photographers, along with one photo chosen by Mayor Donald R. Grebien. All of the winning photographs will be reproduced in the City of Pawtucket’s 2014 Calendar, and the mayor’s choice will be featured on the calendar’s cover.
The Mayor’s Choice Award will receive a $100 cash prize, first place will get $75, and second place earns $50, with the remaining winners receiving gift certificates. Winners will be announced by Mayor Donald R. Grebien on Sunday at 4 p.m. at a public reception at the Visitors Center. Contest entrants and members of the public can also meet the contest judges.
“This celebrated annual photo contest has become one of Pawtucket’s most anticipated events in the Pawtucket Arts Festival,” said event organizer Patricia Zacks, owner of The Camera Werks. “Photo entries for this contest included submissions from nearby Lincoln, Cumberland, and Pawtucket as well as Rehoboth, Seekonk and Webster, Mass.”
All photos will remain on display at the Blackstone Valley Visitor’s Center during the City of Pawtucket’s Arts Festival throughout the month of September. The Visitor Center is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Zacks said that students from five of the city’s elementary schools’ fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms participated in a photo workshop this past May and are also participants in this contest.
These schools included Cunningham, Curtis, Fallon, Potter-Burns and Winters.
The panel of judges are: Butch Adams, former staff photographer for The Pawtucket Times and Woonsocket Call, and recipient of several awards from the National Press Association, the New England Press Association and the R.I. Press Association for his photography; Richard Benjamin, a former staff photographer for the Providence Journal and now a freelance assignment photographer, and also a provider of stock photos of Rhode Island, in addition to publishing several books on his photography; Paul Darling, former Channel 12 cameraman and now a commercial and stock photographer; Jesse Nemerofsky, a commercial studio photographer and contributing photographer for Zuma International whose work has appeared in Newsweek, Time, Fortune, Harpers Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Esquire, The New Yorker, Elle, Cosmopolitan and the New York Times; and Aaron Usher, who is an active member of CIPNE (Commercial/Industrial Photographers of New England), and has been published in over 300 magazines and/or books throughout the world.
Some of the themes from past contests have included: “All in a Day’s Work.” “The Four Seasons of Pawtucket,” “Reflections of Pawtucket,” “Faces of Pawtucket,”, “Doorways and Gateways in Pawtucket,”, “Paws (or Pause) in Pawtucket,”; “Historic Places in Pawtucket,” “Pawtucket People, Places or Things,” “Discovering Pawtucket,” “Taking Pride in Our Neighborhoods,” “Pawtucket Mills: Our Past and Our Future,” and “Pawtucket: A City in Focus.”