B. Dunne Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Eighth Annual Photography Contest Winners
The Richard B. Dunne Jr. Memorial Scholarship Committee
is pleased to announce the winners of its Eighth Annual Photography Contest.
The contest, which raises
funds for scholarships given annually to North Kingstown High School
graduating seniors, received more than 100 entries in student and adult age groups
plus a themed category. This year’s theme
for that category was “Bugs & Birds.”
competitor Dorothy Leland, of Point Richmond, Calif., took top honors
in the Adult category with
“Dawn in the Valley,” a vivid landscape taken in Yosemite National Park.
Vicki Blaser of Portsmouth was awarded second place for “Sunset Swirl,”
taken as the setting sun lit up the horizon at Easton’s Beach in Newport.
Third place went to Michelle Bucci of Johnston for her photo entitled
“December Full Moon.”
Benjamin Davis of North Kingstown wowed the judges with his photo,
“Blue Eyes,” which took top honors in the
Student division. Second
place was awarded to longtime competitor and frequent winner Alex DiCenso,
16, of North Kingstown, for his photo “Pop!” of an outstretched finger on
the cusp of bursting a large bubble. Emma Cotsonas, 15, of Jamestown,
placed third with “The Wave.”
and wife duo Elliot and Susan Waterman of West Warwick have entered all
eight of the fund’s photo contests. This year Elliot Waterman won the
top prize in the “Bugs
& Birds” special category with his stunning shot of a trio of
osprey, one of whom was caught upside-down in flight protecting its nest.
The photo, “Playing Defense,” was taken in North Kingstown.
Waterman took second place in the category with her striking shot,
“Great Blue Heron,” taken at Blackstone River Park in Lincoln. Haley
Ahlborg, of North Kingstown, won third place with “Grasshopper,” which
featured the insect perched atop someone’s hand. Ahlborg won the high school
division in last year’s contest.
Judging for the contest
is done “blindly,” with judges seeing only the photographs but neither their
titles nor 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 80 scholarships worth $78,750 to NKHS
graduates since its founding in 2001.
The photo contest is the primary fundraising event for the scholarships and
entry fees go directly toward these scholarships. Private
contributions and auto donations are also gratefully accepted. For
more information, please contact us.
Details about the ninth
annual contest will be announced later
Place – “Dawn
in the Valley”
Plane – “Sunset
Place – “December
Michelle Bucci, Johnston
Place – “Blue
Eyes" Benjamin Davis,
17, Grade 11, North Kingstown
"Pop!" Alex DiCenso, 16, Grade
10, North Kingstown
Place – “The Wave” Emma Cotsonas, 14, Grade 8,
& Birds" Themed Category
Place – “Playing
Defense" Elliot Waterman,
Place – “Great
Blue Heron" Susan Waterman,
Place – “Grasshopper"