The design for the Hero Street Monument came to artist Sonny Soliz in a dream. Not simply as a concept, but, as he said in an interview, as a completed monument that looks exactly as he dreamed it.

Urban, Third Place: Dale Fehr, Hampton, Illinois (<em>The Bench</em>)

The River Cities’ Reader’s 2017 photo contest received more than 100 entries in four categories: “Uniquely Quad Cities,” “Reflection,” “Urban,” and “Rural.” Here are our winners and favorites.

The River Cities’ Reader’s photo contest has returned, with four new categories for your submissions: “Urban,” “Rural,” “Uniquely Quad Cities,” and “Reflection.”

The deadline for entries is June 27. We plan to publish the winners in the July 6 issue of the River Cities’ Reader.

Regular River Cities’ Reader contributor Bruce Walters has created some Halloween-related videos and images using his 360-degree camera. (Walters loves Halloween.)

Blue, Third Place: Dale Fehr, Hampton. &#39;I took this photo at Thousand Island Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Mammoth Lake, California. I was camping there on a hiking trip. I wanted to try a photo by lighting up my tent. The moonlight made fo

Our 2016 photo contest drew more than 50 entries, and here are the winners and other favorites selected by the River Cities’ Reader staff from our three categories: “Red,” “White,” and “Blue.” Many thanks to all who entered!

Many thanks to those who submitted entries to our 2015 photography contest, with the categories "On the Waterfront," "School's Out," "Summer in the City," and "Hot Stuff!" Our favorites are presented here, along with any comments from the photographer. Click on each photo for a larger version.

The River Cities' Reader's summer photo contest has returned, with four new categories for your submissions: "On the Waterfront," "School's Out," "Summer in the City," and "Hot Stuff!"

We received 116 entries in our 2014 Photo Contest in four categories: Fun in the Sun, In the Garden, Summer Nights, and Heat Wave. We're happy to present this selection of winners.

A 2013 photo-contest winner by Jess Ellis

The theme for the River Cities' Reader 2014 photography contest is summer - in large part because we want to erase memories of our beastly winter.

The four categories are "Fun in the Sun," "In the Garden," "Heat Wave," and "Summer Nights."

The deadline for entries is May 9, and the rules are below. We plan to publish the winners in our May 29 issue.

(The photo above, by Jess Ellis, is a winner from our 2013 contest, incidentally.)

We had 69 entries in our spring photography contest, with the categories "brazen," "future," and "illumination." As you might guess, that last one got the majority of the entries, and there were admittedly some struggles in making connections between the prompts and the pictures in the other two.

That's part of the fun of these contests, however. On these pages you'll find some of our favorites, with whatever commentary the photographer provided.

Thanks to all who entered!

Illumination, First Place: Skylar Davis.

Brazen, Third Place: Jess Ellis.

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