Photo contest winners for February 2024

We enjoyed watching a brown bear cub sitting and playing on the rocks in the Brooks River at Katmai National Park in Alaska. Its mother called and it leaped into the water to her side. Tom Knutson of West Chicago
Our four granddaughters, ages 2 to 8, in their matching jammies were fascinated with birds at the feeder outside the window Dec. 29 in Arlington Heights. Ken Simpson of Arlington Heights
Starved Rock after a snow. I like the clear reflection of the trees in the river and the little bit of color the dried leaves add to the picture. Kathie Kapustka of Aurora

The Daily Herald’s amateur photo contest winners for February 2024 bring just a little pop of color after the dreary gray of winter.

Our winner of the month is Bob Stadlman of Mundelein for a picture taken last year of Mundelein’s very first fire truck, a 1925 Stoughton fire engine that was given to the village in 1925 by Cardinal George Mundelein. Stadlman says, “I like the simplicity of this picture on a hot summer’s day, overlooking Diamond Lake with Old Number One’s mascot Sparky seated peacefully in the truck enjoying the day.”

Second place goes to Tom Knutson of West Chicago who captured just the right moment of a brown bear cub jumping on rocks across Brooks River in Alaska.

Ken Simpson of Arlington Heights took third place with his sweet photo of his four granddaughters, dressed in matching pajamas, watching the birds at the feeder outside.

Kathie Kapustka of Aurora took fourth place with this photo capturing the remaining bits of fall color in the snowy landscape of Starved Rock.

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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