updated: 4/11/2014 10:06 AM
Images: Photo Contest Finalists
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This was taken at a friends house near Apple Canyon Lake, Ill. This little bird flew into the window and was sitting stunned on the deck. It didn't move for a few minutes, and I was able to get up close to take pictures.
Susan Wurster of East Dundee
Took this photo on our way to Purdue University on a March morning. The sun had just come over the horizon as if to announce that the renewable energy is here to stay.
Sundar Cherala of St. Charels
In an empty lot amidst townhouses in Lakewood, Ill., you can find these strange stacks of rocks. They occasionally fall down, only to be found standing again a short while later. Bored children, an artist in the making or something more?
Marc Moxon of Woodstock
This picture was taken on the shore of Ferne Clyffe Lake in southern Illinois last fall. The day was completely calm.
Garth Keck of Winfield
I shot this photo on State Street last week. I call it State State Drummer. A musician chasing his dream.
Todd A. Sherlock of Downers Grove
Upon a recent business trip to London, I decided to try a technique that I've been reading about recently in which you roll the lens zoom during an extended exposure. The photo of the London Eye is something totally different than you would get during the day.
Len Baumgart of Roselle
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Cory Crawford finds a new way to keep the puck out of the goal in the March 19 game against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center in Chicago.
John Wysocki of Mount Prospect
Brightly colored boats are docked in two neat rows creating a rainbow of color and the added beauty of the reflection of the sky in the water in Killarney, Ireland last August.
Bryan McVey of Arlington Heights
Two chimpanzee's comfort each other at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
Tracy R. Sefcik of Wheeling
A pair of geese pair enjoy a swim in the setting sun last month in Buffalo Grove.
Rakesh Tatia of Buffalo Grove
A young girl walks around the tulips in a Wauconda garden last Easter.
Ann Van Schaik of Wauconda
The sun sets over a park in Libertyville on a cold March evening.
Cindy Seng of Libertyville
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