Photo contest winners for January 2024

The Daily Herald’s amateur photo contest winners for January are all about surprising moments.

Our winner of the month is Kathy Attlan of Oakbrook Terrace with her photo of two little girls and a dog watching a squirrel’s antics in the tree up above. The mismatched socks are an especially nice accent.

Second place goes to Deb Simpson of Grayslake who created this abstract, monochromatic image of raindrops falling on water.

Sometimes there just isn’t much to photograph, especially when it starts raining on your photo outing. But wait. I turned my lens to a pond and started shooting the raindrops as they fell on the surface. Once I got home and looked at the images, I noticed that the drops on the surface of the water really stood out. Then I removed the color and I had a very interesting abstract monochrome image. Deb Simpson of Grayslake

Sue Laugal of South Barrington took third place with her photo of her granddaughters having a blast at the beach.

Granddaughters at sunset on Holmes Beach in Florida. Sue Laugal of South Barrington

Matthew Davis of Elgin took fourth place with this silhouette photo of the Akeley's Fighting African Elephants in Stanley Field Hall at the Field Museum in Chicago.

An evening at “Dozin’ with the Dinos” at the Field Museum offers a different perspective of this iconic building once the lights go off. Here, the African elephants give the sleepover attendees a memorable view with their haunting silhouette. Matthew Davis of Elgin

Honorable mention

Typically we only highlight four winners per month, but we had to give an honorable mention nod to this photo by Gene Zalewski of Elgin who came across a mute swan walking across the snow-covered street on a bitterly cold January morning in the Edgewater neighborhood in Elgin.

Picture taken from inside the car through the front car windshield on Wednesday, Jan. 17, on Rambling Brook Circle in Edgewater by Del Webb in Elgin. I like the picture because there was so much snow piled up on the grass and sidewalks that this swan decided to walk down the middle of the street to get to where it wanted to go. Gene Zalewski of Elgin

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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