City of Pawtucket Announces Annual Photo Contest
Winners Will Comprise City’s Official 2009 CalendarPawtucket: Entries for the City of Pawtucket’s 10th Annual Photo Contest are being solicited for possible publication in the city’s official calendar for 2009. The contest’s theme is “Doorways and Gateways in Pawtucket.”
The 11 best submissions as determined by some of Rhode Island’s most distinguished professional photographers will comprise next year’s calendar. Each year, Pawtucket prints approximately 8,000 color calendars, which are free and distributed (while supplies last) at Pawtucket City Hall, the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, the Pawtucket Public Library and The Camera Werks in Providence. Photos for this contest should feature interesting doorways or gateways in the city of Pawtucket. Such pictures taken during any time of the year within Pawtucket are eligible. Only one entry from each contestant may be submitted. The top prize (the “Mayor’s Choice”) will be awarded $100, and smaller cash prizes and gift certificates will be given to other winning contestants. All entries must be submitted by Aug. 31. (See accompanying article for a complete list of the contest’s rules.) “This contest has been tremendously popular every year since its inception 9 years ago,” stated Pawtucket Mayor James E. Doyle. “The awards ceremony, which will take place on Sept. 14, has become one of the most anticipated events of the Pawtucket Arts Festival, where the winning entries will be unveiled and the public can meet the distinguished judges.” Contest’s judges will include: Butch Adams, award winning photographer from The Pawtucket Times and recipient of several New England Press Association Awards for his photography; Richard Benjamin, a former staff photographer for the Providence Journal who freelances as an assignment photographer, and is 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 & stock photographer; Jean Duffy, who is a member of several photo organizations including Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers of New England, and Professional Photographers of RI in addition to the 2008 recipient of several awards for her photography, including the Kodak Gallery Award, the Judges Award, and the Fuji Masterpiece Award; Carl Keitner, a former Art Director from Quebec, and now a commercial & portrait photographer in Providence; & Aaron Usher, who is active in CIPNE (Commercial/Industrial Photographers of New England), and has been published in over 300 magazines and/or books throughout the world. This year, Aaron Usher is celebrating his 29th year in business.
Some of the themes from past contests have been: (2008) “Paws (or Pause) in Pawtucket”; (2007) “Historic Places in Pawtucket”; (2006) “Pawtucket People, Places and Things”; (2005) “Discovering Pawtucket”; (2004) “Taking Pride in Our Neighborhoods”; (2003) “Pawtucket Mills: Our Past and Our Future” and (2000, 2001, 2002) “Pawtucket: A City in Focus”.
Rules for City of Pawtucket’s 10th Annual Photo Contest
All photos must be taken in the City of Pawtucket and should follow the contest theme of “Doorways and Gateways in Pawtucket” to qualify for this contest.
· Only one entry per contestant.
· The entry deadline is Aug. 31.
· Photos may be color or black and white. Prints from film or good quality digital prints will be accepted.
· Submitted photos should be mounted, but not framed. Matting is not necessary; however, mounting the photo on a stiff board or matboard is preferred. A mounted photo’s overall size should be no smaller than 8×10, but no larger than or larger than 12×18.
· All photos will be on display at the Slater Mill Gallery located in the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center during the City of Pawtucket’s Arts Festival beginning Sept. 5 and throughout the month of September.
· The Mayor’s Choice Award will receive a $100 cash prize, First Place will receive a $75 cash prize and Second Place will receive a $50 cash prize, with remaining winners receiving gift certificates. All winning photos will be used in the City of Pawtucket’s 2009 Calendar.
· All entries should be dropped off at The Camera Werks, 766 Hope St., Providence.
· Entry Forms will be available at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main St. and the Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., both in Pawtucket; and The Camera Werks, 766 Hope St., Providence.
· Winning entries and the judges will be presented at a public reception starting at 2 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main St. Pawtucket.
· For more information, you may call The Camera Werks at #273-5367.