Blue, Third Place: Dale Fehr, Hampton.

Blue, Third Place: Dale Fehr, Hampton. '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 for an awesome blue sky and mountains in the background of the photo.'

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!

Red, First Place: Dale Fehr, Hampton.
Red, First Place: Dale Fehr, Hampton. “This photo was taken in Parke County, Indiana, in the fall. I was there doing a tour of all of the covered bridges in the county.”

Blue, Honorable Mention: Carolyn Augustine, Walcott.
Blue, Honorable Mention: Carolyn Augustine, Walcott. “I took this photo of my four-year-old son last August at the splash pad at Centennial Park. I used a Nikon D3300 without the flash. I love the movement of the water and the golden light of the setting sun.”

White, Third Place: Joaquin Espejo, Milan.
White, Third Place: Joaquin Espejo, Milan. “White pelicans in the Mississippi.”

Red, Honorable Mention: Kathy Nice, Orion.
Red, Honorable Mention: Kathy Nice, Orion. “This male ruby-throated hummingbird was showing off his beautiful red throat feathers at my backyard feeder.”

Blue, Second Place: Michelle Obos, Rock Island.
Blue, Second Place: Michelle Obos, Rock Island.

White, Honorable Mention: Kathy Nice, Orion.
White, Honorable Mention: Kathy Nice, Orion. “American white pelican flying over the Mississippi River at Lock & Dam 14 in Hampton.”

Blue, Honorable Mention: Mike McCool, Bettendorf.
Blue, Honorable Mention: Mike McCool, Bettendorf. “The Blue Angels performing in Quad Cities. The picture is interesting because it looks like no pilot is looking ahead. They all seem to be looking at the adjacent jet to maintain spacing.”

Red, Second Place: Joaquin Espejo, Milan.
Red, Second Place: Joaquin Espejo, Milan.

White, First Place: Kelly Goossen, Dubuque.
White, First Place: Kelly Goossen, Dubuque.

Red, Honorable Mention: Mark C. Siedlecki, Coal Valley.
Red, Honorable Mention: Mark C. Siedlecki, Coal Valley.

Blue, First Place: Aric Keil, Davenport.
Blue, First Place: Aric Keil, Davenport.

White, Second Place: Dale Fehr, Hampton.
White, Second Place: Dale Fehr, Hampton. “This photo was taken on a sheep farm in Scotland.”

Blue, Honorable Mention: Mark C. Siedlecki, Coal Valley.
Blue, Honorable Mention: Mark C. Siedlecki, Coal Valley.

White, Honorable Mention:  Bob Cawley, Milan.
White, Honorable Mention: Bob Cawley, Milan.

Blue, Honorable Mention: Michelle Obos, Rock Island.
Blue, Honorable Mention: Michelle Obos, Rock Island.

White, Honorable Mention: Carolyn Augustine, Walcott.
White, Honorable Mention: Carolyn Augustine, Walcott. “I took this photo of an iris from my garden while trying to learn the macro settings on my new Nikon D3300 camera.”

Red, Third Place: Kelly Goossen, Dubuque.
Red, Third Place: Kelly Goossen, Dubuque. “Summer’s bounty.”

Blue, Honorable Mention: Joaquin Espejo, Milan.
Blue, Honorable Mention: Joaquin Espejo, Milan. “Blue roof at Santorini.”