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.

On a beautiful January day, Quad Cities Photography Club member Joaquin Espejo decided to walk down to the bank of the Rock River behind Pizza & Subs on Blackhawk Road in Rock Island to take a few pictures. He spotted a flock of ducks walking around on the ice, and when they suddenly took off he was able to capture this image of them in flight.

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.

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.

Here you'll find selections from the photography and video exhibit Augustana Sights & Sounds, which will run from January 25 through February 22 at the Bucktown Center for the Arts (225 East Second Street in Davenport). An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, January 25, and will feature music by Augustana students along with the visual work.

Photographers featured in the show include students from Augustana College and local high schools.

Angelica Lindqvist, Augustana College class of 2016

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