The snow and cold weather create a unique look and feel in Council Bluffs and the rest of Pottawattamie County. Even though it may be cold, there are still so many beautiful sites to see and capture.

We are currently accepting submissions now through Monday, February 15, 2021, for the UNleashCB winter photo contest. Participants are invited to submit up to five winter images taken in Council Bluffs or Pottawattamie County for a chance to win a GoPro HERO7 White!  For more information about the UNleashCB winter photo contest, please visit our website.

Check out our list of potential places to capture your UNleashCB winter photo contest images!

Public Art Sites 

Council Bluffs is home to a wide variety of public art pieces. From large-scale sculptures to bright and vivid murals there is so much beauty to capture. All the pieces transform from season to season, so winter is a great time to photograph the pieces. Check out our website for a full list of public art in Council Bluffs.

Missouri River

In the winter you can see large and uniquely shaped chunks of ice floating down the Missouri River. Walk across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge to get the best views of the river for your winter photo contest images!

County Parks

Image taken at Hitchcock Nature Center by Isaiah Lackey

Winter is a great time of the year to explore the Pottawattamie County parks! With the foliage on the trees gone and a fresh layer of snow, the views are unlike those you would see any other time of year. You’re guaranteed to see beautiful views at any of the parks.

Arrowhead Park
Botna Bend Park
Hitchcock Nature Center
Olde Town Park

Historic Buildings & Districts

Council Bluffs has a rich and vast history, which means there are beautiful historic neighborhoods, buildings, and districts to explore. There are even 30 local sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places! Dressed in a layer of snow, go check out places like the Historic 100 Block, Historic General Dodge House, Fairview Cemetery, Haymarket Square District, and more!  

Historic Landmarks & Monuments

Historic landmarks like the Lincoln Monument, Lewis and Clark Monument Scenic Overlook, Ruth Anne Dodge Memorial (aka the Black Angel), and the Golden Spike are iconic Council Bluffs locations that are perfect for your UNleashCB winter photo contest shots!

As always, dress for the weather and be safe and respectful while you are out taking photographs! We can’t wait to see your creative and beautiful photos of winter in Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County. If you have any questions about the UNleashCB winter photo contest, please reach out to associate director of content, Emma Schwaller, at eschwaller@unleashcb.com.

This post was originally published on January 7, 2021 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.