Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of August 18.
My great-nephew, Kyle, was very intent on keeping his eye on the ball during his third birthday party this summer. It was a Grand Slam and lots of fun that day.
Randy Link of Winfield
I took this picture of a clown figure as it gazes at reflected lights on the midway at Fourth Fest in Hoffman Estates.
Jean K. Brown of Elgin
I thought this photo was a bit abstract. I sent it to my sisters and they replied, "what is it?" This is my husband, Joe at combat with the power washer at our house.
Sallie Wiedemann of Elgin
I took this Tiger Swallowtail with my iPhone out on my deck. He likes my Marigold plants.
Valerie A. Didriksen of Lombard
Clyde watches the koi fish on a lazy afternoon at a Green Oaks pond last June.
Yvette Hiser of Green Oaks
A giraffe stares out at the Binder Zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan last July 3.
Viveca Joy Skyles of Lakemoor
I took this picture of the bee collecting pollen in my backyard. I have many sunflowers in the yard that the bees and goldfinches love.
Milton Hoskins of Hampshire
I recently discovered two swans while driving. I looked for them every day after discovering they were there. This picture was taken in Lisle, IL off Warrenville Rd at a corporate office complex garden. Then, I was thrilled to see five new babies. I was able to go back to this pond and take some pictures of the proud parents with their five babies. This picture has a tremendous personal meaning to me and hopefully you will see something special as well.
Nancy Havener from Naperville
Members of the Palatine Barbarians High School Rugby Club are involved in a scrum during a junior varsity match played at Busse Woods against the Arlington Stallions on April 5.
Steve Murray of Hawthorn Woods
The rising sun illuminates the needles of the thistles and catches the delicate nature of the wings of a male swallowtail out looking for a morning meal.
Susie Lee of Wheeling
A bee collects pollen using its hind legs to gather it.
Fred Share of Arlington Heights
Water lilies on a pond next to reflections of trees at the Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg on August 1.
Edward Gang of Rolling Meadows