Celebrate Redwood City’s 150th Anniversary Through Photos!

To celebrate Redwood City’s 150th anniversary, the City launched two fun ways to get involved in the Sesquicentennial festivities! The Redwood City Through Your Lens photo contest is a way for you to get involved in the Sesquicentennial celebration year-round and win fun prizes! Redwood City Then and Now Photo Share events are designed for community members of all ages to come together, share photos, stories, and learn about Redwood City’s past.

Read on to learn how to get involved in both City initiatives!

Redwood City Through Your Lens Photo Contest

To celebrate the City’s 150th year we invite you to take part in the “Redwood City Through Your Lens” photo contest, where you can grab your camera (or phone), snap some photos, and share them with us on social media. Give a shoutout to your favorite businesses, people, or events. Strike a pose while showing off your favorite spot in the city or that tasty meal you had downtown. We want to see what you love about Redwood City!

What: Snap up to 10 photos per month, share them on social media and earn a chance to win one of many fun prizes!

Where: Anywhere you love in Redwood City.

When: Year-round through Dec. 17 at 11:59 p.m.

Who: Anyone who lives, works or plays in Redwood City.

Why: Engage with the community and join the conversation by telling us what you love about Redwood City! And of course, get entered to win prizes!

Share your captured moments with us by using #ThroughMyLens, tagging the City of Redwood City in your photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and following us. Make sure your photos are public so we can see them! Not only can you potentially win a prize, but winners will also be recognized online, at a City Council meeting and their photo will be displayed at City Hall. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about the contest’s culmination.

Go here for more information on how to enter and our official rules.

Redwood City Then & Now Photo Project

Partnering with the Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and other community groups, the Redwood City Public Library is conducting a photo sharing project from January 2017 through June 2017. The Now and Then project will culminate in a public event recognizing some of the top favorite photos shared during the event series. Each month we’ll collect historic and current photos of specific Redwood City locations, allowing everyone to see how these sites have evolved over time. With permission, we will feature these photos in the City’s historic blogs, event promotions and through social media.

Anyone can submit photos as long as they fit the criteria for that month. High resolution images are highly desired. Photos can be submitted in JPEG format to RWC.NowandThen@gmail.com or can be scanned at one of our photo sharing events. Staff can also visit home-bound residents to help scan photos.

Want to participate but don’t have any photos? Take a modern photo of the selected site, or join the planning committee. The committee meets monthly on the second Saturday of each month through July, selecting historic and modern photos. The committee will also select the historic sites to feature for future months.

Follow the project on Instagram (@redwoodcitylibrary) or Facebook and add your photo with the hashtag #RedwoodCityNowandThen. In addition to displaying the committee’s favorite photos, we will give the owner a gallery-sized copy to take home.

Learn more about the photo share events here.

Connect with Us

We’re on social media! Follow us, tag us, and give us a shoutout about what you love about our community! You can find all ways to connect with us here.

Learn More about Redwood City’s Sesquicentennial!

Events — Including this Saturday’s 150th Festival on Courthouse Square! Go here for the 150th Festival and Flower Extravaganza schedule of events.

Blogs — Learn about Redwood City’s past! Did you know Redwood City used to be home to Marine World? Wondering how City government evolved? Read about these topics and many more!

Historic Photos — Step back in time by browsing hundreds of historic photos in our photo galleries.