Varieur school student wins city photo contest
PAWTUCKET – A fifth-grader from Francis J. Varieur Elementary School won the Mayor’s Choice Award and took home a $100 prize as her image of flowers and foliage was determined to be the photograph that best captured a closer look at her hometown.
Nora Ellis Calhoun’s image not only won her the top award and a cash prize, but it will also grace the cover of the 2019 City of Pawtucket Calendar. The picture captures a close-up view of flowers and foliage near the wrought-iron fence of the Pawtucket Veterans Memorial Amphitheater. In the background beyond the amphitheater is the Exchange Street bridge and Tolman High School, bathed in the light of a setting sun.
The winning images in the city’s annual photo contest were announced during a recent ceremony, as judges were tasked with selecting the winning images in the city’s annual photo contest from a pool of 500-plus entries. The winning photographs were announced by Mayor Donald R. Grebien during a ceremony at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council Visitor Center.
The smattering of winners contains pictures taken by shutterbugs from Pawtucket, Cumberland, and Providence. Additional entries were submitted from photographers located in Attleboro, South Attleboro, Central Falls, Lincoln, and East Providence.
Eleven winning photos were selected by a panel of local photographers and will be placed in the 2019 City Calendar as part of the 20th annual City of Pawtucket Photo Contest. Following a call for contest themes earlier this year, “Pawtucket: A Closer Look,” a recommendation by local resident Linda Dugas, was selected as the theme for the yearly contest.
Every fifth-grader from the city’s elementary schools participated in this year’s contest. The city’s youth are well represented among the winners, as five of the 11 calendar entries were pictures captured
by local children.
The first-place winner and recipient of a $75 cash prize was “Dragon Boat Race” by Elaine Sandy of Providence. Winning second-place and a $50 cash prize was an entry from John Schondek of Pawtucket.
The honorable mention winners were: An image from Mason Belisle, a fifth-grader at Fallon Memorial Elementary School
A picture from Kaylee Colo’n, a fifth-grade student at Flora S. Curtis Elementary School
“Waiting for Pie” by Rebecca Siemering of Pawtucket
A photo courtesy Maylan Jade Fernandes, a fifth-grader at Fallon Memorial Elementary School
A picture from Owen Monaghan of Francis J. Varieur Elementary School
“Remember Peace” by Amanda Capasso of Pawtucket
“Slater Park Spokes” by Brooke Tunnicliffe of Cumberland
“Mama Duck at City Hall” by Kathy Sawka of Cumberland
This photo taken by Francis J. Varieur Elementary School fifth-grader Nora Ellis Calhoun was the winning entry in this year’s City of Pawtucket photo contest.