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.


Thanks to all who entered!

Mary Scott
Heat Wave, First Place
"Taken near the Santa Monica beach along the bike path. Although it was nearing the end of the day it was still very hot."

Tom Pickering
Heat Wave, Second Place
"Photographed at a luau in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii."

Jess Ellis
Heat Wave, Third Place
"Wapsipinicon River, just south of DeWitt. I caught the morning fog lifting up off the river."

Kelly Rehnberg
Summer Nights, First Place
"This was the very first night that I shot with my Canon 6D, and I ran to the bridge to test out the high ISO capabilities. In the process, I managed to catch the fireworks at the end of the baseball game. It was a very warm night, and I was with my husband and stepson. They ran ahead while I shot this image. My stepson was bummed because he thought I 'missed' the fireworks!"

Grant Whitty
Summer Nights, Second Place
"Taken in Bettendorf."

Tom Pickering
Summer Nights, Third Place
"Photographed at the Quad Cities Balloon Festival in East Moline."

Aric Keil
Summer Nights, Honorable Mention
A concert at Codfish Hollow in Maquoketa, Iowa."

Grant Whitty
Summer Nights, Honorable Mention
"Long exposure at Crow Creek Park, Bettendorf."

Monica J. Overberg Goodrick
Summer Nights, Honorable Mention
"Sunset from Coors Field in Denver, Colorado."

Aric Keil
Grand Prize
Fun in the Sun, First Place
"The simple joys of long summer days."

Jess Ellis
Fun in the Sun, Second Place
"A leap into the waters of Milford Sound, New Zealand."

Mary McNeil
Fun in the Sun, Third Place
"At Lake Michigan with my daughter Ellie."

Monica J. Overberg Goodrick
Fun in the Sun, Honorable Mention
"Is there a fish in my pocket? At Scott County Park."

Glen Marten
In the Garden, First Place
"After a summer shower, water drops form on a Hosta flower stem."

Jean Zaputil
In the Garden, Second Place
"This bunch of fresh vegetables from the garden is as beautiful as a bouquet of flowers."

Glen Marten
In the Garden, Third Place
"A bee gathers pollen from a flower and gets a 'face full.'"

Tom Pickering
In the Garden, Honorable Mention
"Photographed at Bickelhaupt Arboretum in Clinton, Iowa."

Garvis L. DiLauro
In the Garden, Honorable Mention
"Dragonfly on break."

Alaina Santilli
In the Garden, Honorable Mention
"Taken with my Nikon D5200 SLR in full sun."

Kathy Nice
In the Garden, Honorable Mention
"Northern Broken Dash Skipper Butterfly on a wildflower in the prairie at Nahant Marsh in Davenport."

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