B. Dunne Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Fourth Annual Photography Contest Winners
The Richard B. Dunne Jr. Memorial Scholarship Committee
is pleased to announce the winners of its Fourth Annual Photography Contest.
The contest, which
raises funds for scholarships given annually to
North Kingstown High School graduating seniors,
garnered more than 100 entries in four age
groups, ranging from kindergarten to adult.
While a host of past
winners entered this year’s contest, the
adult category was dominated
by newcomers. Victoria Dority of Wakefield took first prize with her
striking “Local Park in White.” Second place honors went to Eric Leland
of Fairfax, Calif., with his shot of the Palomarin Falls in Bolinas, Calif.,
entitled “Foggy Morning.” North Kingstown’s Cal Blaser earned third
prize with “Autumn Tranquility.”
elementary school division,
10-year-old Casey Christopher of Boston took top honors with an
underwater self-portrait he called “Watery Image” (above). Leah DiCenso,
10, of North Kingstown, came in second with “Hairy Face,” her
up-close-and-personal photo of a shaggy dog. In third place was Ryan
Patrick, 11, of Boston, who photographed a still-life image called “Wet,
Past winner Samantha
Bailen, 13, of Saunderstown, won both first and second prizes in the
middle school division.
“Never Ending,” a shot of seemingly endless train tracks, took top honors
while “Lights Will guide You Home” came in second. Third prize went to
Alexander Swartz, 12, of North Kingstown, whose whimsical “Whispering
Sweet Nothings” captured a black dog telling secrets to a cheerful snowman.
Talley Larkin, 18,
of Jamestown, who won top honors in the
high school division in last
year’s contest, returned to take home two prizes this year. “Split,” a
black-and-white image of old, weathered wood shot in Utah, won first prize.
Her “Shattered,” also a black-and-white photo, came in second. Third place
went to Megan Johnson, 17, of North Kingstown. Her “The Social Climb”
featured a well-known Narragansett statue in shadows in front of a brilliant
purple sky at sunset.
Judging for the contest
is done “blindly,” with judges seeing only the photographs and not their
titles or the names of the photographers. Proceeds from the contest 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 more than $50,000 in scholarships to NKHS
graduates since its founding in 2001.
The photo contest
primary fundraising event for the
contributions and auto donations are also gratefully accepted.
Details about the fifth
annual contest will be announced later this year.
1st Place: Victoria Dority, Wakefield,
“Local Park in White”
2nd Place: Eric Leland, Fairfax, CA,
3rd Place: Cal Blaser, North Kingstown,
High School Student Division
1st Place: Talley Larkin,18, Jamestown,
2nd Place: Talley Larkin,18, Jamestown,
3rd Place: Megan Johnson, 17, North
Kingstown, “The Social Climb”
Middle School Student Division
1st Place: Samantha Bailen, 13,
Saunderstown, “Never Ending”
2nd Place: Samantha Bailen, 13,
Saunderstown, “Lights Will Guide You Home”
3rd Place: Alexander Swartz, 12, North
Kingstown, “Whispering Sweet Nothings”
Elementary Student Division
1st Place: Casey Christopher, 10, Boston,
MA, “Watery Image”
2nd Place: Leah DiCenso, 10, North
Kingstown, “Hairy Face”
3rd Place: Ryan Patrick, 11, Boston, MA,
“Wet, Shiny Tomato”