On Saturday, Oct. 5, we put out an open call to anyone and everyone, from iPhone shooters to seasoned professionals, to photograph a typical day in Missoula. We had no idea what to expect. Really, we just hoped enough people would partake so we could curate an inspiring and contemplative visual celebration of the city we call home.
We ended up receiving more than 70 submissions, all shot within the same 24 hours, with an impressive amount of diversity. There were back-alley shenanigans, Homecoming pageantry, outdoor adventures, abstract natural beauty, one delicious shot of a milkshake—and not a single selfie in the bunch.
Then came the hard part. We had to select the top photos based on composition, creativity and overall execution, and compile them for this week's issue. Eighteen images made the final cut.
This marks the return of the Independent's "One Day in Missoula" feature, which first debuted in 1996 and was last done in 2004. To help mark the occasion, we've partnered with the Rocky Mountain School of Photography to have the images displayed Nov. 1 for a First Friday exhibit at the school's downtown location, 216 N. Higgins Ave, starting at 5 p.m. We hope to see you there. We also thank everyone—shooters, RMSP, the community as a whole—for their help in putting this together.