updated: 9/21/2012 9:39 AM
Images: Photo Contest Finalists
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An American alligator approaches the shore while in the Everglades, Fla. on Friday, September 14th.
Brittany Leigh Perocho of Palatine
A boy stands in the fountain at Millennium Park in Chicago on August 14th.
Patti Buehler of Arlington Heights
The silhouette of a chain is set off by the sunset reflected on Lake Zurich this summer.
Elizabeth Gilbert of Lake Zurich
A shadow of a rider and bike falls across the Middlefork Savannah bike path during the late afternoon on September 12th.
Kaye Boling of Libertyville
A hawk peers down from his perch on a power line at Independence Grove Forest Preserve near Libertyville. His head almost completely turned and stared as if to say "What do you think you are doing?"
Nancy Giardina of Libertyville
My family and I were eating breakfast one spring morning and saw a bunny hop through our yard. We usually don't see a lot of bunnies, because our dog scares them away. I grabbed my dad's camera and I headed to our front yard, making sure I didn't scare the bunny. I laid on the ground and snapped a photo. It looked at me and I quickly snapped another.
Gia Sigala of Wheaton
This is a tree I photographed on my school's campus. Elmhurst College has a registered arboretum on campus with a diverse collection of trees. I used an app on my iPad called "Snapseed" to convert to black and white.
Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream
This is a photo that I took outside of the Louvre in Paris just before sunset in May on a trip to celebrate our 25th Wedding anniversary.
Susan Barhaug of Naperville
Perfect timing between a snake, a fly and a photographer. All three lived to tell about it.
Bob Williams of Huntley
This is a photo of a Badlands sunset taken last week. Arrived in Wall South Dakota with just enough daylight to capture a few colorful moments. It was a great way to start a vacation, and it made up for the hazy smoke filled skies we would later encounter in Wyoming.
Tony Pocewicz of Carpentersville
This is a picture of my Niece, Ellie Wood, at her house in Geneva doing, well, doing her thing.
Bill Ackerman of St. Charles
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