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Rosalie Thorne McKenna Community Photography Contest

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - April 30 @ 3:00 pm

In an effort to preserve and celebrate the town’s artistic legacy, we are proud to present a community-wide photography contest. Named for portrait-photographer Rosalie “Rollie” McKenna, this annual photography contest is held to inspire new generations of photographers, as well as to continuously document our changing town by the people who live in it. We also hold this contest in memory of Rollie McKenna, who left a photographic legacy to Stonington and the world through her determination, creativity and passion for photography. May we always remember the path she forged for women in the arts!

Our 13 finalists will be on display at the Lighthouse Museum from April 20th through the 30th. The Lighthouse Museum will be open with free admission from 12pm to 3pm Tuesday – Sunday. The winners will be chosen by popular vote, so be sure you come by and cast your ballot!

First place wins $100, and a Family Membership to the Stonington Historical Society. In addition, the first prize winner will have access to the Maurice LaGrua darkroom at the Woolworth Library, and act as an honorary photography fellow*. Second place wins a free Family Membership. Third place wins a free Individual Membership. The three winning images will be displayed at the Lighthouse Museum for the 2021 season.

*McKenna Honorary Photography Fellow has access during Library open hours to the Maurice LaGrua darkroom for one year. Chemistry materials are provided by the Historical Society, but film and paper must be supplied by the fellow. If the winner has no experience in dark room techniques, lessons can be arranged. Two copies of any images produced in the darkroom will be donated to the Stonington Historical Society, and serve to increase our modern documentation of the town for posterity.

Still have questions? Contact Director of Collections and Community, Chelsea Mitchell at cmitchell@stoningtonhistory.org


April 20 @ 12:00 pm
April 30 @ 3:00 pm
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The Stonington Historical Society


The Old Lighthouse Museum
7 Water Street
Stonington, CT 06378 United States
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