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Richard B. Dunne Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Eighth Annual Photography Contest
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September 22, 2017

The Richard B. Dunne Jr. Memorial Scholarship Committee has announced the winners of its eighth annual Photography Contest. The contest raises funds for scholarships awarded annually to North Kingstown High School graduating seniors, and is named for the late Richard B. Dunne Jr., a longtime North Kingstown High School teacher who was a lifelong photographer.

This year, the committee received more than 100 entries in three categories, including a new themed-category "Bugs & Birds." Judging for the contest is done blindly, with judges seeing only the photographs but neither their titles nor the names of the photographers.

Longtime competitor Dorothy Leland of Point Richmond, California, took top honors in the adult category with her entry, “Dawn in the Valley,” a vivid landscape taken in Yosemite National Park. Vicki Blaser of Portsmouth was awarded second place for her photo, “Sunset Swirl,” taken as the setting sun lit up the horizon at Easton’s Beach in Newport. Third place in the adult category went to Michelle Bucci of Johnston for her photo, “December Full Moon.”

Seventeen-year-old Benjamin Davis of North Kingstown impressed 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 her entry, “The Wave.”

Husband and wife duo Elliot and Susan Waterman of West Warwick have entered all eight of the photo contests. This year Elliot Waterman recived the top prize in the “Bugs & Birds” theme category for his 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. Susan Waterman took second place in this category with her shot, “Great Blue Heron,” taken at Blackstone River Park in Lincoln. Haley Ahlborg of North Kingstown received third place honors with “Grasshopper,” which features the insect perched atop someone’s hand. Ahlborg won the high school division in last year’s contest.

Proceeds from the contest benefit the Richard B. Dunne Jr. Memorial Scholarship, which has funded 80 scholarships worth nearly $78,750 to NKHS graduates since its founding in 2001. The photo contest is the primary fundraising event for the organization, and entry fees go directly toward these scholarships. Private contributions and auto donations are also accepted. For more information, email, or visit


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