Narragansett helicopter view

Photo Contest 2019 Winners

We believe that the people who love South County are the best photographers.  Not necessarily professional but rather passionate about place.  Those photographers are residents or visitors of this glorious region we call home.  Of course, the relationship between the artist and their subject matter shines through – always.

South County Tourism Council announced the winners of the 18th Annual South County Photo Contest last night at a press conference and reception held at the South County Museum.  Over 300 entries were received capturing the essence of South County’s 449 square mile tourism region. The winning photographs, along with several honorable mentions, will remain on display at the museum until September 27th. Stop by the South County Museum Visitor’s Center and let them know you’re there to see the photo contest exhibit and you’ll receive free admission.

Ingrid Mathews of Wyoming, RI won first place in the “A Beautiful Place” category, while second place in that category was awarded to Doug Mola of Westerly and third place to Antonella Rizzo of Westerly. Runners up were: Mark Bishop of Westerly, Peter Ryan of East Greenwich, Todd Gianguzzi of Narragansett and Wolf Mathewson of Wakefield.

In the “Action!” category, Todd Gianguzzi of Wickford won first place, Ingrid Mathews of Wyoming placed second and Franca Bartkiewicz of Wakefield placed third. Runners up were Janet Powell of Charlestown, John Blough, Katie Chamberlain, and Mark Bishop of Wakefield.

Louise Bishop, president of South County Tourism Council, said; “Since we made the submission process available digitally and extended the submission period, we had an overwhelming amount of submissions this year – all of them beautiful. We can’t wait to see which ones will make it into our 2020 Visitor Guide!”

We were honored to have professional fine art photographer Katherine Gendreau, ( judge the contest this year. Gendreau studied Fine Art and English at Wheaton College. Her work can be seen at Northlight Gallery/Thompson & Company Gallery in Kennebunkport, ME, The Beach House in Westerly, RI, UGallery in San Francisco and Pottery Barn.

The South County Tourism Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the towns of Charlestown, Coventry, East Greenwich, Exeter, Hopkinton, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Richmond, South Kingstown, West Greenwich and Westerly as a single leisure travel destination known as “South County”. For more information, please visit

BELOW are ALL the DIGITAL entries we received. We received some entries manually that we cannot display in this format.