This week's photo assignment was 'It's Sooooo Hot.' How hot was it?

It's sooooo hot most of our photo assignment regulars took the week off.

That's OK, though, we had seven great photos, ranging from children playing in the water, incredible beach shots and Jim Miller's 'melting' heron.

Our editors chose Barbara Gore's photo of a child playing at the splash fountain at Charleston's Waterfront Park. Pick up a copy of Friday's newspaper to read what they had to say about it.

Next week's assignment: Lowcountry wildlife.

We expect tons of great photos this week and we know you won't disappoint us.

The rules:

- Send just one (1) photograph to by noon on Tuesday, July 22. Include your name, town and where the photo was taken. If you send us multiple photos we will select one randomly.

- We will allow photographs with reasonable watermarks to run in the gallery but for the winning photo that runs in the newspaper we must have a photo that does not have a watermark. If you want to send us one with the watermark (to run online) and one without (to possibly run in the newspaper) please feel free.

See past reader galleries here.