Photo contest winners for December

The Daily Herald’s amateur photo contest winners for December included some great scenery as well as some animals ... both wild and domestic.

Our winner of the month is Dee Marsh of Gurnee for her picture postcard-like image of a Colorado barn.

Second place goes to Dave Davis of Inverness who captured a stunning photo of a leopard in Uganda.

In November in Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda, we spotted a leopard lazing in a tree overlooking the Nile River. Then it spotted a possible meal and headed down the tree as agile as a squirrel. We lost sight of it in the high grass, so did not see if it was successful or not. Most hunts are unsuccessful. Dave Davis, Inverness

Marianne Myrick of Glen Ellyn took third place with her photo from the Illumination light display at Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

Photo taken at this year's Morton Arboretum Illumination display. The trees provide a perfect "canvas" for the beautiful light and color display. Marianne Myrick, Glen Ellyn

The holidays can be tiring, even for pets. Andrew Scherf of Elgin took fourth place with this cute photo of his dog Brooks snoozing while wearing a Santa hat.

Just had to send this in. Our flat coated retriever puppy Brooks. He was so tired we got to take some really cute pictures of him. Happy holidays, everyone. Andrew Scherf, Elgin

Typically we only highlight four winners per month, but we had to give an honorable mention nod to this photo by Louis Ramirez of St. Charles, which makes us wish we were at the beach right now.

Honorable mention

I caught these gulls flying past at Orange Beach, Alabama,while we were spending time (there) during the winter. I love this photo because it takes me back to the pounding waves and ocean breeze in my face. Louis M. Ramirez, St. Charles

The Daily Herald invites readers to submit their own photos to our Your Images amateur photo contest.

Once a month we showcase entries, which feature one first-place winner and three runners-up. The contest is open to everyone in the Daily Herald readership area.

• To submit a photo of your own for consideration, email it in .jpg format at highest quality possible to

• Include your name, mailing address and phone number, plus a description of your photo and what you like about it.

• One photo a week per photographer, but enter as many weeks as you’d like.

• First-place winners will receive prizes alternating between The Great Frame Up in Schaumburg and PJ’s Camera in Glen Ellyn.

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