ShootOut Award Winners


Award Winners of the Mississippi River
Art and Photography ShootOut

Jennifer Mishra Under the Clark Bridge

Grand Prize Photography
“Under Clark Bridge”

Jennifer Mishra
Edwardsville, Illinois 

I publish photography online under the name I love to travel, but even when at home, I try to keep the same sense of adventure – looking for novelty in the everyday; finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. I scour the city and surrounding areas, looking for texture and life in architecture and landscapes. I have photographed nearly my entire life, but only to document travels, not to make art. Now, I've found that I can do both.

Peder thompson, Captains Eye View

First Prize Photography
“Captains Eye View”

Peder Thompson,
South Saint Paul, Minnesota

I have been photographing the construction of the new St. Croix Crossing Bridge which is a joint venture involving Lunda Construction and Ames Construction companies. On the day I made the photo I was riding Ames Constructions towboat Ruby Belle pushing a one Barge tow of Concrete bridge segments from where they were manufactured on Grey Cloud Island in the Mississippi River valley to the main construction site on the St. Croix river.

I captured the image of Captain Rich Nowell as we cleared the old Milwaukee R/R bridge just a few miles above the confluence on the Mississippi and St.Croix Rivers.

Marty McKay, Dear at

Second Prize Photography
“Deer on a Foggy Morning, Riverlands”

Marty McKay
Alton, Illinois

Photography was a passion for me as a teenager back in the days of film. I walked away from it for over 20 years and decided to give digital a try after we made our home on the Alton bluffs. The beautiful sunsets over the Mississippi River inspired me to pickup the camera again. I have since realized there is beauty everywhere and want to share this beauty through my images. "Chasing the light" as I all it has become a part of my daily routine. Marty McKay on Facebook


Ellen Mcdonah, Saving Higgins Clams

Grand Prize Fine Art
“Saving Higgins Eye Clams”

by Ellen McDonah, 
Galesville, Wisconsin

As an Adventurism Artist, my work is made from the result of purposeful immersion in a creatively exciting undertaking, with the primary purpose of seeking inspiration from the unexpected and unknown. My art is motivated by inspiration as I actively and purposefully place myself in a situation of “creative excitement,” and “creative chaos.” I take an active and purposeful part in the inspirational process by trusting my creative instincts. By inviting this openness and opportunity, there are unlimited opportunities for expression and serendipity. As in performance art, I become a part of the story of the art produced, and that allows me to understand it on a deeper level.

Vic Mastis, Waiting for Lunch

First Prize Fine Art
“Waiting For Lunch” 

by Vic Mastis,
St Louis, Missouri

Mastis’s inspiration comes from the beautiful landscapes, urban scenes and destinations throughout America and Europe. From the majestic serenity of a hidden trail revealed in dappled rays of golden sunshine, to tropical palms framed by sparkling radiant halos, her work transports the viewer to luminous places. The result? Ethereal creations that excite the senses and enable viewers to repeatedly relive exceptional moments in time through “total effect painting.”


Seventy Nine photographs and paintings, by 30 artists, were accepted into the 2017 Mississippi River Art and Photography ShootOut. To see all the accepted images go to the ShootOut Gallery Page. You can also see all art and photography by going to