The First Hill Streetcar on Broadway. (Photo by Doug Trumm)

It is nighttime in Seattle, a lot more of it than just a few weeks ago. As a city that experiences quite a bit of darkness, there’s remarkably few great photos of life around town after dark. Just like the limited number of places to get a sandwich in the wee hours. We’d love to see what that looks like to you.

What catches your eye as you move through the city after sunset? Is it the lonely spaces in shadows, or the bright lights that signify a warm place meet? Do you lament the exit of the sun or revel in the moonlight? Submit your take on Seattle’s winter nights.

Photos will be judged by members of The Urbanist staff. We are looking for beauty and feeling, how ever they show up. And no, this is not an opportunity to voyeuristically snap photos of people living unhoused to try to prove a point about something. Do not submit such photos, they will be discarded.


First prize will receive a $25 gift card to Secret Garden Books. Two runners up will receive passes to The Urbanist Holiday Extravaganza in Downtown Seattle on November 30. (Email development [at] for more details/tickets for the holiday party.)

The contest begins on November 12, 2022 (literally right now). All entries must be received through email by 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time on November 21, 2022. Send your submission to with the subject “Photo Scavenger Hunt.” You have a week of staying up late, get snapping.

11th Avenue and Chophouse Row on a winter night. (Photo by The Urbanist)

The small print

The scavenger hunt and prizes are open to all. By submitting a photograph for this scavenger hunt, you represent that the photograph is your original work and hold harmless The Urbanist and its staff from any and all claims arising in connection with publication of the photograph or your acceptance of the prizes. You retain your rights to your photograph. However, by entering the contest, you grant the The Urbanist a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, across all media, products, and promotions. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. The Urbanist will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

Article Author

Ray Dubicki is a stay-at-home dad and parent-on-call for taking care of general school and neighborhood tasks around Ballard. This lets him see how urbanism works (or doesn’t) during the hours most people are locked in their office. He is an attorney and urbanist by training, with soup-to-nuts planning experience from code enforcement to university development to writing zoning ordinances. He enjoys using PowerPoint, but only because it’s no longer a weekly obligation.