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Images: Photo Contest Finalists

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  • This photo is of my two daughters watching the sunset in Yosemite this year.

      This photo is of my two daughters watching the sunset in Yosemite this year.
    Terry Holtz of Fox River Grove

  • A beetle sits on a post of a fishing pier in Door County, Wis.

      A beetle sits on a post of a fishing pier in Door County, Wis.
    Joe Ratzki of Arlington Heights

  • Sealed With a Bubble was taken at the North Coast Marine Mammal Center in Crescent City California, while on my trip to see the Redwoods.

      Sealed With a Bubble was taken at the North Coast Marine Mammal Center in Crescent City California, while on my trip to see the Redwoods.
    Joel Bebber, from Wheaton

  • A hanging sunshine plate is surrounded with ivy at 908 McKinley in Mundelein near the pool area.

      A hanging sunshine plate is surrounded with ivy at 908 McKinley in Mundelein near the pool area.
    John M. Weiler of Mundelein

  • A praying mantis is well camouflaged in a Libertyville backyard.

      A praying mantis is well camouflaged in a Libertyville backyard.
    Linda Randazzo of Libertyville

  • This was taken along the railroad tracks in Naperville. The tower is very high so I used a 300 mm telephoto lens to get a closer look at the top. I was intrigued by the technology look, so I took the photo a step further in Photoshop Elements 9 and gave it some "glowing edgesÓ as if was glowing in the dark.

      This was taken along the railroad tracks in Naperville. The tower is very high so I used a 300 mm telephoto lens to get a closer look at the top. I was intrigued by the technology look, so I took the photo a step further in Photoshop Elements 9 and gave it some "glowing edgesÓ as if was glowing in the dark.
    Randy Link, from Winfield

  • This photo was taken at stunning Crater Lake in Oregon. It may look like the blue is the sky, but actually it is the beautiful water of the lake.

      This photo was taken at stunning Crater Lake in Oregon. It may look like the blue is the sky, but actually it is the beautiful water of the lake.
    Barb Telfer of St. Charles

  • A woman practices yoga during sunrise at Diversey Harbor in Chicago.

      A woman practices yoga during sunrise at Diversey Harbor in Chicago.
    Brittany Leigh Perocho of Palatine

  • This years weather conditions have reduced the number of winged visitors (butterflies) to our area, however there has been one highlight that this summer has provided me. This Tiger Swallowtail brought back some hope that some flying color still exists.

      This years weather conditions have reduced the number of winged visitors (butterflies) to our area, however there has been one highlight that this summer has provided me. This Tiger Swallowtail brought back some hope that some flying color still exists.
    Tony Pocewicz of Carpentersville

  • I photographed this vintage hood ornament at Cantigny's annual car show last fall. I used a macro lens to capture the detail of the stains on the metal from the fresh rain drops.

      I photographed this vintage hood ornament at Cantigny's annual car show last fall. I used a macro lens to capture the detail of the stains on the metal from the fresh rain drops.
    Angela Cichosz, from Carol Stream

  • Dane Whitney, of Libertyville, jumps along the shore at sunset during vacation at Maumee Bay in Ohio.

      Dane Whitney, of Libertyville, jumps along the shore at sunset during vacation at Maumee Bay in Ohio.
    Rob Whitney of Libertyville

  • Sunset over Tampa Bay, Florida in June, 2011.

      Sunset over Tampa Bay, Florida in June, 2011.
    Pat Kavanaugh of Mt. Prospect

 

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