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Images: Weekly Photo Contest Finalists

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  • Debra Ferguson of KildeerBrothers Theo and Hoagi race through the woods on a snowy day at the dog park.

      Debra Ferguson of KildeerBrothers Theo and Hoagi race through the woods on a snowy day at the dog park.

  • Lacey Dahlstrom of GrayslakeAn unfortunate crayfish is Charlie's new toy during a summer vacation in Hayward, WI

      Lacey Dahlstrom of GrayslakeAn unfortunate crayfish is Charlie's new toy during a summer vacation in Hayward, WI

  • Ken Mikeska of GurneeA peaceful day snorkeling with Sea Turtles in Tulum Mexico last month.

      Ken Mikeska of GurneeA peaceful day snorkeling with Sea Turtles in Tulum Mexico last month.

  • Chuck Bennett of Mount ProspectThe setting sun created a warm glow on the clouds in Arizona on Sunday, February 20th, in Fountain Hills.

      Chuck Bennett of Mount ProspectThe setting sun created a warm glow on the clouds in Arizona on Sunday, February 20th, in Fountain Hills.

  • Bill Merrick of Elk Grove VillageA Great Egret is in flight with it's reflection in January at the Ding Darling Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida.

      Bill Merrick of Elk Grove VillageA Great Egret is in flight with it's reflection in January at the Ding Darling Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida.

  • Bob Esbensen of PalatineA water lily and lily pads in Wisconsin last summer.

      Bob Esbensen of PalatineA water lily and lily pads in Wisconsin last summer.

  • Angela Cichosz of Carol StreamI took this photo with a Canon Rebel XT and an 18-55mm lens with a +3 macro filter. I got the idea because I wanted to do some high-speed photography shots. This was my first attempt at high speed water drop shots. I wanted to combine physics with macro photography.

      Angela Cichosz of Carol StreamI took this photo with a Canon Rebel XT and an 18-55mm lens with a +3 macro filter. I got the idea because I wanted to do some high-speed photography shots. This was my first attempt at high speed water drop shots. I wanted to combine physics with macro photography.

  • Keith Paloucek of WinfieldI took this picture 1 week before this x-mas on a visit to New York City. I was on the 38th floor of the Helmsley Hotel directly across from Central Park. The window opened up approx. 10 inches, enough for me to hold the camera out and snap a photo. Notice all the cabs in this shot. It's funny because whenever I needed one I couldn't get one.

      Keith Paloucek of WinfieldI took this picture 1 week before this x-mas on a visit to New York City. I was on the 38th floor of the Helmsley Hotel directly across from Central Park. The window opened up approx. 10 inches, enough for me to hold the camera out and snap a photo. Notice all the cabs in this shot. It's funny because whenever I needed one I couldn't get one.

  • Sarah Elsner of ItascaThis is a photo of a dog at the IKC Dog Show 2011 at the McCormick Place, Downtown Chicago this weekend (2/26/11) This is a big guy taking a rest on a man's knee after a long day of showing.

      Sarah Elsner of ItascaThis is a photo of a dog at the IKC Dog Show 2011 at the McCormick Place, Downtown Chicago this weekend (2/26/11) This is a big guy taking a rest on a man's knee after a long day of showing.

  • Photo by Brendan McGee of BataviaMany people believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. My grandmother thinks that due to her wrinkles and old age she is not beautiful, thus covering up for any photo. This image captures the age of my grandmother without looking at her face. The hands covering the face, made up of depressions and ridges, tell that the woman behind them is humbled and embarrassed of her "old age". Also, the ring on her finger symbolizes her love for her long deceased husband. To everyone in my family, we believe that the woman in the picture is both beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside.

      Photo by Brendan McGee of BataviaMany people believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. My grandmother thinks that due to her wrinkles and old age she is not beautiful, thus covering up for any photo. This image captures the age of my grandmother without looking at her face. The hands covering the face, made up of depressions and ridges, tell that the woman behind them is humbled and embarrassed of her "old age". Also, the ring on her finger symbolizes her love for her long deceased husband. To everyone in my family, we believe that the woman in the picture is both beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside.

  • Photo by Mike Dieter of St. CharlesMy son Chris Dieter placed 4th and 6th for SCN in the finals this year. During the swim meet and in between events I snapped this picture of the boys doing a 15 minute warmup. It was a wondrous site seeing so many high school boys swimming in opposite directions! The yellow line in the middle is the "mid pool" line so that the boys know they are a half way across the pool.

      Photo by Mike Dieter of St. CharlesMy son Chris Dieter placed 4th and 6th for SCN in the finals this year. During the swim meet and in between events I snapped this picture of the boys doing a 15 minute warmup. It was a wondrous site seeing so many high school boys swimming in opposite directions! The yellow line in the middle is the "mid pool" line so that the boys know they are a half way across the pool.

  • Photo by Susan Birr of CarpentersvilleAs the peacock spread its iridescent feathers, at Brookfield Zoo I took the opportunity for this close-up shot.

      Photo by Susan Birr of CarpentersvilleAs the peacock spread its iridescent feathers, at Brookfield Zoo I took the opportunity for this close-up shot.

 

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