Pawtucket 23rd Annual Photo Contest 

Photo: Slater Mill From Afar Scott Hennigan Pawtucket, RI

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With the many submissions to the 23rdAnnual Pawtucket Photo Contest, now it comes down to the judging, and ultimately, the recognition of 12 amazing winners. From these 43 entries, the twelve winning photos will be selected by a panel of local professional photographers and announced on September 26th at 4pm by Mayor Donald R. Grebien.  

“I am happy to see this contest that highlights some of the amazing points of our city continue,” said Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “I would like to thank Pat Zacks of Camera Werks for showcasing the creativity in our city and all of those who submitted work showcasing the theme ‘Uniquely Pawtucket.’” 

Following tradition, one winning photo will be chosen by Mayor Grebien for the distinct honor of being used for the ‘cover shot’ for the popular city calendar. All winning photos will be featured in the City of Pawtucket’s 2022 PhotoCalendar. 

“The photo contest has been a fun and safe way for residents and visitors alike to enjoy various things around Pawtucket that showcase this year’s theme,” continued Grebien. “Even if you didn’t participate this year, I encourage you to look at the great submissions and participate next year.” 

“This photo contest has been a fun way for residents and non-residents alike – of any age –  to explore our culturally-rich and historic city using a camera,” said Patricia S. Zacks, owner of Camera Werks. 

Reflections, Lilly Almeida, Pawtucket, RI – see all, here:

Because of the restrictions for safety issues on public spaces, group gatherings and distancing, all photo submissions were accepted online this year, and all submitted photos will be on ‘exhibit’ on the City of Pawtucket website at   This will allow participants to safely submit photos for this annual exhibit.  

All photo submissions follow the contest theme of “Uniquely Pawtucket” and must have been taken in the city of Pawtucket within the past year. Only one entry per contestant was accepted by the photographer entering the contest. Photo entries were accepted in color or black and white. The deadline for entry was Friday, August 6, 2021. 

All twelve winning photos will be used in the City of Pawtucket’s 2022 Calendar. The Mayor’s Choice Award will receive a $100 cash prize. All other winners will be chosen by the panel of judges. First Place will receive a $75.00 cash prize. Second Place will receive a $50.00 cash prize and other remaining winners will receive gift certificates.    

About our Judges:  

Butch Adams, is an award-winning photographer formerly from The Pawtucket Times and recipient of several awards from the National Press Association, the New England Press Association and the RI Press Association for his photography. 

Richard Benjamin, has been a photojournalist for over 34 years, 27 of them at the Providence Journal.  Today he is a “fine art photographer” and has captured various locations many times at different times of the day and in different seasons of the year.  He aspires to capture the magic of Rhode Island, which includes photos that show the lifestyle and how people in Rhode Island enjoy simply living here, which ultimately brings about a greater appreciation for the smallest state in the union.   Richard is also a provider of stock photos of Rhode Island, in addition to publishing several books on his photography. 

Christy Christopoulos, a native Rhode Islander born and raised – is a Pawtucket based photographer who opened his studio in 1986.  With over 34 years of experience in photography, he specializes in product and portrait photography and has had the opportunity to work on numerous and exciting accounts as well as all major retail stores.   Some of his accounts include BJ’s, GE, J.C. Penny, Jareds, Kay Jewelers, Macys, PaineWebber, Pawtucket Credit Union, Reebok, Target, Walmart and Zayes. He has won several awards for his work, including a number of Kodak gallery awards, Fuji awards, and the Mead paper award. 

Peter Goldberg, is a Rhode Island based freelance photographer specializing in editorial, assignment and public relations photography. Peter is known for his creative, yet non-obtrusive shooting style and his ability to tell stories and capture people in comfortable and natural ways. Recently Peter has become interested in photographing birds and learning about bird habitats. Peter has had a home and studio in Pawtucket for over 20 years. 

Aaron Usher, is a Rhode Island based commercial photographer specializing in architecture, interiors, and fine-art photography. A 40 year-plus pro, his clients are mainly companies in the building industry, such as architects & interior designers, as well as, web and graphic designers.  This work is used to market his clients’ businesses in magazines, web sites, and company brochures.  Aaron’s personal work featuring Ice Abstractions and Unusual Juxtapositions, is exhibited in galleries throughout the region.  He lives in Pawtucket with his wife, Lynn and their golden retriever, Lily. 


 Some of the themes from past contests have been: 

(2020) “Hiding in Plain Sight”; (2019) “Pawtucket Works”; (2018) “Pawtucket:  A Closer Look; (2017) “The Flavor of Pawtucket;  (2016) “Pawtucket’s Color Palette”,  (2015) “Pawtucket:  A Different Perspective, (2014) ” Piece of Pawtucket”,  (2013) “All in a Day’s Work”, (2012) “The Four Seasons of Pawtucket”, (2011) “Reflections of Pawtucket,  (2010) “Faces of Pawtucket”,  (2009) “Doorways & Gateways in Pawtucket”, (2008) “Paws (or Pause) in Pawtucket”; (2007) “Historic Places in Pawtucket”;   (2006) “Pawtucket People, Places or 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”. 

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