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A girl leaps on the beach near Bonita Springs, Florida on March 25, 2010.

Sheryl Wade of Palatine

Orchids growing in a kitchen window with the reflection of snow and trees in the background.

Jim Stolzenbach of Buffalo Grove

A tree changes colors at Illinois Beach State Park in Wadsworth in early November, 2012.

Christa Patula of Grayslake

I took this photograph while in downtown Chicago this January. I am an AP Studio Art student at Naperville North High School, and thought the underside of this bridge conveyed a very striking yet beautiful image. The interesting lines and architecture make it a very dramatic black and white image.

Allie Cowel, from Naperville

My submission is of a long exposure taken in my car while I was driving in Naperville. The photograph was taken with a Sigma f3.5 18-200 lens mounted to a Canon 30D with a cable shutter release.

Vivek Jena, from Naperville

A fox holds a piece of bison meat in its mouth earlier this month in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

Mark Haeussler of Bartlett

A Red Bellied Woodpecker and a Starling on the feeder in an Ingleside backyard last month.

Marty Krogh of Ingleside

A Barred owl hunts during a snowstorm earlier this month in Barrington Hills.

Diane Garcea of Barrington

This was taken this past January in Sarasota, Florida during a family vacation.

Allen Panek, from Naperville

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I took this picture of a barrel cactus while in Arizona for spring training a couple of years ago. This one was at the Phoenix Botanic Garden on a March day with the temperature at 91 degrees.

Milton Hoskins of Hampshire

This photo was taken while snowshoeing in Cary after our last snowstorm. It was magical to see the snow on every little branch and leaf. We went through tunnels of white laced trees.

Cindy Smith of Cary

While on a trip to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, we saw these two seagulls fighting for a landing spot on top of this lifeguard sign along the beach.

Mike Weimer of St. Charles

Gallery posted: 2/22/2013 12:11 AM

About this Gallery

Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of February 18th.
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