Muscatine Power and Water asking for your best nighttime photos for calendar contest

2022 will mark the 100th year of the Electric Utility – what better way to honor the anniversary than by displaying MPW services with night photos of a lit-up community in our 2022 Muscatine After Dark community calendar?!

Will your photo be one of our featured photographs in the calendar? Here’s the details and info you’ll need to submit your photos with the possibility of winning bragging rights if your photo is selected:


All images must be night-time photos of the Muscatine and Fruitland areas. Images can be “photoshopped” to create or highlight features in your image(s) but the original or base image must be your original work. Open to all amateurs, hobbyists, and professional photographers. Need some tips on taking night-time photos? Take a look at some we’ve curated here.

Image Specifications:

300 DPI JPEG, PNG, RAW or TIFF preferred. If you’re using a smartphone camera, use your highest resolution setting or HDR. Image/File size should be large enough to be enlarged/reduced to print smoothly on an 11×14 page with no “sawtooth” edges or blurriness. Layered PhotoShop files using specialty lighting effects should be merged or flattened prior to sending.

Submitting Your Photos:

If your file size is less than 20MB: please email your images to
If your file size is greater than 20MB: please upload your files (up to 2GB) using the free service at; be sure to select as the delivery address AND provide your email address in the sender field.

Deadline to Submit:

All images must be received by September 15, 2021 for consideration to be included in MPW’s community calendar.

Details and Notifications to ‘Winners’:

MPW’s calendar is a popular, long-standing free community offering with approximately 3,000 calendars printed and distributed each year. Selected photos WILL be credited with photographer’s name on the bottom of the photo in the calendar. A minimum of 13 photos will be selected (cover photo + 12 months). ‘Winners’ will be notified via email prior to publication but no later than November 15, 2021. By submitting your photos, you agree to allow MPW to use your photo(s) in the community calendar and other MPW marketing materials and publications.

Tips on Taking Night Time Photos:

Night Photography Camera Settings for Beginners

9 Night Photography Techniques to Capture Detailed Scenes With Limited Lighting

Night Photography Tips and Settings for Total Beginners

Settings for Night Photography – Ultimate Guide to Exposures