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Picturesque encourages community to "Discover My GR"

What do you want visitors to Grand Rapids to discover? What would you discover if you became a tourist in your own city? Add your photos to our new Picturesque challenge gallery.

/Holly Bechiri

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Special thanks

This spring's Picturesque gallery is made possible thanks to our collaborators at the GRAM GoSite

The GoSite, designed to be a 21st century information and interactive space where all the great things to see and do in Grand Rapids can be shared, will be located downtown in the glass enclosed northwest corner at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM). The GoSite serves as a starting point for visitors and locals alike.
Visit their website to learn more and provide your own ideas about the space, still in its planning stages, through their public survey.
"The Shadow of An Equality Freedom Fighter Pays Homage Rosa Parks Circle"

"The Shadow of An Equality Freedom Fighter Pays Homage Rosa Parks Circle" /Nancy Gallardo

Red bud tree over the river at Aman Park

Red bud tree over the river at Aman Park /Elizabeth Drouillard

We want to discover your GR.

For this spring's Picturesque competition, we'd like you to share what you think makes Grand Rapids special. Take a tour of your own city and take pictures of what you discover. If you were to take a visitor around your city, what would you be recommending? Share those recommendations and discoveries in pictures and add them to the gallery!

Whether you've grown up in Grand Rapids or have recently moved here, we're willing to bet you've got your favorite places. The restaurant you can't resist visiting, the coffeeshop where you stop for a shot of energy or a little out-of-the-office work, the bar where you meet friends for a pint of Beer City USA goodness... or even the many local museums and sites to see or activities to experience,

Perhaps your discoveries aren't necessarily on a tourist top 10 list, but they are a part of why you love Grand Rapids, all the same. Do you have a favorite park, a favorite street to walk down, especially in spring when all the trees are budding, or any other moments or places that make you proud of your community? Share them in our gallery.

Whatever it is you'd tell a visitor about Grand Rapids, we're asking you to share your pictures of these great places that make our city truly grand.

Simply upload a photo, give it a title, and share it with your friends and family...

Why share it? Because once again, The Rapidian will be awarding a beautiful bag of Rapidian swag to the photographer whose image garners the most votes. Votes can be gained with Facebook shares, tweets and/or comments.

The gallery is open to submissions by anyone who has a user account on The Rapidian. Discover My GR will run from May 7 through June 7, with submissions accepted throughout that period. After that final date, we'll announce the winner!

Photos can be added by clicking "Submit your own" and uploading an image -one the user has taken- in a simple online submission process.

We're also kicking off the month with a photowalk downtown. Local photographers Lynell Shooks Miller and Dan Miller, of Lizzie Photo and The Beer Truck, respectively, are letting us come along with them today at 7:00 p.m. They'll be starting at the Blue Bridge and ending at Founders Brewing Co. around 8 p.m., so come along to see what they see and capture our own inspiration along the way. 

Participants (and anyone else for that matter!) will finish their photography journey with a stop at Founders (which, incidently, is where the Millers were married!) to show a little appreciation for Beer City USA and discuss their experience and compare photos. Find out more about how to join the photowalk here.

Add your own photos to the gallery now. And don't forget to vote for your favorites while you're there!

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