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Winning images of our weekly 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 July 10.

A butterfly rests on a purple coneflower in an Antioch backyard in July of 2016.
A butterfly rests on a purple coneflower in an Antioch backyard in July of 2016.
Don Miller of Antioch
The sun sets over Third Lake last month creating a brilliant red sky.
The sun sets over Third Lake last month creating a brilliant red sky.
Sarah Roscoe of Third Lake
A red-winged blackbird sits perched on a branch in the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary with a view of the Chicago skyline in the background on May 29th.
A red-winged blackbird sits perched on a branch in the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary with a view of the Chicago skyline in the background on May 29th.
Mark Peschke of Gurnee
A kayaker travels around the lake at sunset in Busse Woods near Elk Grove Village on a warm Wednesday evening, June 21.
A kayaker travels around the lake at sunset in Busse Woods near Elk Grove Village on a warm Wednesday evening, June 21.
Mike Selgrad of Des Plaines
An iguana stares back in Puerto Rico. Although not indigenous to the island, iguanas are everywhere.
An iguana stares back in Puerto Rico. Although not indigenous to the island, iguanas are everywhere.
Fred Share of Arlington Heights
The moon rises over a neon ice cream float above a frozen custard stand in Lafayette, Ind. on June 2
The moon rises over a neon ice cream float above a frozen custard stand in Lafayette, Ind. on June 2
Ken Simpson of Arlington Heights
I followed this little guy around Lyman Woods and was able to get within five feet of him. He would just look up and continue to eat his leaves.
I followed this little guy around Lyman Woods and was able to get within five feet of him. He would just look up and continue to eat his leaves.
Todd A. Sherlock of Downers Grove
As I was taking a few photos of swans in an Itasca pond then all of a sudden both swans skimmed across the water to the other side of the pond. I was totally surprised and have never seen that before. I was very lucky to be in the right place and right time to photograph the action. The image was modified to look like a B&W infrared image.
As I was taking a few photos of swans in an Itasca pond then all of a sudden both swans skimmed across the water to the other side of the pond. I was totally surprised and have never seen that before. I was very lucky to be in the right place and right time to photograph the action. The image was modified to look like a B&W infrared image.
Emil Schiavo of Itasca
I thought the color of this clematis was overwhelming.
I thought the color of this clematis was overwhelming.
George Martwick of Warrenville
Our recent rains made magical art with the buds of deep purple Delphiniums in our front garden.
Our recent rains made magical art with the buds of deep purple Delphiniums in our front garden.
Arlene Victoria Eckert of Pingree Grove
A beautiful scenic view captured with my DJI phantom 4. "There's no shortcuts to any place worth going."
A beautiful scenic view captured with my DJI phantom 4. "There's no shortcuts to any place worth going."
Matthew Snyder of Elgin
This photo was taken of the top of an onion from our garden.
This photo was taken of the top of an onion from our garden.
Sandeep Balakrishnan or Elgin
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