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Winning images of our weekly photo contest

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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 April 17.

Taken in early February near Jaycee Park in Vero Beach Florida. The colors in the sunset are really spectacular.
Taken in early February near Jaycee Park in Vero Beach Florida. The colors in the sunset are really spectacular.
Jack Barry of Naperville
My parents, who are originally from Wheaton Illinois, were vacationing with my family in Seattle this past October. My father took this photo from the inside of the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit in Seattle Washington. It was a sunny day in Seattle and he was able to capture the Space Needle from inside of the Atrium. The atrium just frames the Space Needle perfectly!
My parents, who are originally from Wheaton Illinois, were vacationing with my family in Seattle this past October. My father took this photo from the inside of the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit in Seattle Washington. It was a sunny day in Seattle and he was able to capture the Space Needle from inside of the Atrium. The atrium just frames the Space Needle perfectly!
Kirsten Zeitler of Warrenville
I saw this old hotel sign on Interstate 55 about 35 miles south of Downers Grove. It has seen better days. it is almost completely hidden from the highway by trees now.I likes the old wood and textures and peeling paint it now presents. . Days gone by.
I saw this old hotel sign on Interstate 55 about 35 miles south of Downers Grove. It has seen better days. it is almost completely hidden from the highway by trees now.I likes the old wood and textures and peeling paint it now presents. . Days gone by.
Todd Sherlock of Downers Grove
An eagle grooms itself at the Brookfield Zoo during the first weekend of spring.
An eagle grooms itself at the Brookfield Zoo during the first weekend of spring.
James Kristof of Lake Barrington
A small boat cruises near a pier at Palanga, Lithuania extending toward the setting sun in the Baltic Sea on August 2, 2012.
A small boat cruises near a pier at Palanga, Lithuania extending toward the setting sun in the Baltic Sea on August 2, 2012.
Ken Simpson of Arlington Heights
A pair of cheetahs investigate something that caught their interest last week at The Living Desert in Palm Desert, Calif.
A pair of cheetahs investigate something that caught their interest last week at The Living Desert in Palm Desert, Calif.
Fred Share of Arlington Heights
A penguin with newly hatched twins in Antarctica last December.
A penguin with newly hatched twins in Antarctica last December.
Don Bielinski of Hawthorn Woods
A pelican flies over the Chain of Lakes on April 9 near Channel Lake in Antioch as part of the pelicans annual migration. A large number of pelicans have spent several days on Channel Lake.
A pelican flies over the Chain of Lakes on April 9 near Channel Lake in Antioch as part of the pelicans annual migration. A large number of pelicans have spent several days on Channel Lake.
Jim Huskey of Libertyville
Tulips have bloomed in a Lake Zurich garden on April 9.
Tulips have bloomed in a Lake Zurich garden on April 9.
Cindy Spudich of Lake Zurich
While walking on the Great Western Trail in Campton Hills the day after Easter all the lines on the foot bridge over Burlington Road really caught my eye.
While walking on the Great Western Trail in Campton Hills the day after Easter all the lines on the foot bridge over Burlington Road really caught my eye.
Tami Bone of Geneva
I have been observing this pair of wild swans at Burnidge woods forest preserve and have discovered that swans really don't like geese
I have been observing this pair of wild swans at Burnidge woods forest preserve and have discovered that swans really don't like geese
John Prickett of Hampshire
Gringott's Dragon breathing fire in Diagon Alley, Universal Orlando, FL. This photo was taken over Spring Break March, 2017. Most people take a picture of the Dragon's Fire from the front. I was looking for an unusual shot and found it from the back stairs.
Gringott's Dragon breathing fire in Diagon Alley, Universal Orlando, FL. This photo was taken over Spring Break March, 2017. Most people take a picture of the Dragon's Fire from the front. I was looking for an unusual shot and found it from the back stairs.
Stephen Mazur, of Batavia
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