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Third Annual Photography Contest Winners


The Richard B. Dunne Jr. Memorial Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the winners of its Third Annual Photography Contest.  This year’s contest is dedicated to the memory of Ray Clayton, a longtime North Kingstown newspaper photographer who served as a judge for the contest in 2009 and 2010. Clayton died in December 2011 after a short illness.

Winners of the third annual contest include two familiar names as well as a host of newcomers who claimed prizes.

North Kingstown’s Meagan Frye, 10, took top honors for the third consecutive year in the elementary division which included students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Her brilliantly-colored photo “Heart in a Sunflower” featured an up-close look at a sunflower in full bloom with a perfectly formed heart at its center.

Alex DiCenso, an 11-year-old fifth-grader from North Kingstown, took second place in the elementary division for the second year in a row. His “Morning Flotilla” photo was taken of sailboats moored in a fogged-in marina with a lone colorful buoy breaking through the mist.  Madison Bucci, 6, of North Kingstown, took the third place prize in that division with her photo, “Pumpkin Cairins.”

Brothers Jackson and Charlie Compton of North Kingstown took first and second place, respectively, in the middle school division. Jackson Compton, 13, took the top prize with his “Polo,” a look at the colorfully-clad legs of a group of polo horses. Charlie Compton, 12, earned his prize with an up-close look at a lily in “Basking in the Sun.” Twelve-year-old Samantha Bailen of Saunderstown won third prize with “Just a Boring Day.”

Judges were stunned at the beauty of Talley Larkin’s “Look Into My Eyes,” (above) which took top honors in the high school division. The black-and-white photo of a woman’s eyes left the judges wishing there was a “Best in Show” award to present. Larkin, 17, is from Jamestown. Taking second-place honors in the high school division was Jessica Bouchard, 17, of North Kingstown with her “The SS Snail on the Mussel Sea.” Third place was won by Bridget Buckley, 18, of East Greenwich with “Treasures from the Sea.”

In the adult division, North Kingstown resident Gen Meegan won first prize with “First Impression” a striking photo of sun-kissed footprints along the beach. Stacey Place, of North Providence, took second place with her “Sunset Over Hanalei Bay” while Joseph Jenkins of Wickford came in third with his photo, “Mill Pond Ice.” Judges awarded an honorable mention to Christopher Bride of New York, NY for his “Egdirb Grubsmailliw,” a shot of the Williamsburg Bridge reflected in a puddle.

Judges chose the winners from more than 100 entries in the third annual contest, proceeds from which benefit the Richard B. Dunne Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The fund, named in honor of a longtime North Kingstown High School teacher who was a lifelong photographer, has awarded nearly $50,000 in scholarships to NKHS graduates since its founding in 2001.  The photo contest is the primary fundraising event for the scholarships.  Private contributions and auto donations are also gratefully accepted. 

Adult Division

1st Place: Gen Meegan, North Kingstown, “First Impression"

2nd Place: Stacey Place, North Providence, “Sunset Over Hanalei Bay”

3rd Place: Joseph Jenkins, Wickford, “Mill Pond Ice”

Honorable Mention: Christopher Bride, New York City, “Egdirb Grubsmailliw”

High School Student Division (Grades 9-12)

1st Place: Talley Larkin,17, Jamestown, “Look Into My Eyes”

2nd Place: Jessica Bouchard, 17, North Kingstown, “The SS Snail on the Mussel Sea”

3rd Place: Bridget Buckley, 18, East Greenwich, “Treasures from the Sea”

Middle School Student Division (Grades 6-8)

1st Place: Jackson Compton, 13, North Kingstown, “Polo”

2nd Place: Charlie Compton, 12, North Kingstown, “Basking in the Sun”

3rd Place: Samantha Bailen, 12, Saunderstown, “Just a Boring Day”

Elementary Student Division (Grades K-5)

1st Place: Meagan Frye, 10, North Kingstown, “Heart in Sunflower”

2nd Place: Alex DiCenso, 11, North Kingstown, “Morning Flotilla”

3rd Place: Madison Bucci, 6, North Kingstown, “Pumpkin Cairins (Nature's Statue)” 

Third Annual
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> Adult Division

> High School
   Student Division

> Middle School
   Student Division

> Elementary
   Student Division

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