Photo contest winners for March 2024

The Daily Herald’s amateur photo contest winners for March 2024 have a strong geometric motif.

Our winner of the month is Ann Marcie of Bloomingdale for a fascinating photo showing the architectural marvel of a bee hive. Marcie, describing the photo she took during a walk along the North Central DuPage Regional Trail in Bloomingdale, says, “I like this picture because it shows how beautiful and artistic nature is.”

This sandhill crane is one of a mating pair that I was following around as they foraged at Crabtree Nature Center in Palatine on March 13, 2024. The pair allowed me to get fairly close, but this one always kept its eye on me. Ira Marcus of Carpentersville

Second place goes to Ira Marcus of Carpentersville, who caught the piercing orange eye of a sandhill crane at Crabtree Nature Center in Palatine. Marcus says, “I especially liked this image because it captures its alertness as it watches me, the range of colors in its eyes, head and feathers, and the details of both its body and head as it looks back over its body. I find the balance of how the bird is positioned in the frame to be very pleasing as well.”

A mid-February trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum provided this view of the museum’s entrance hall. Philip W. Bertram of Arlington Heights

Philip W. Bertram of Arlington Heights comes in third place with this photo showing the immensity of the vaulted 90-foot-high glass ceiling of Windhover Hall at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Bertram says, “The sun filtering through the geometric roof created an interesting array of light and shadow, as well as the silhouettes of some visitors. The combination reminded me of an architect’s rendering of what they expected the hall to look like prior to construction.”

Jill Caspary of Gurnee takes fourth place with her photo of colors, shadows and silhouettes, with the window creating a picture within a picture.

A sunny wall at sunset with a lady in the reflection of the window, taken on Feb. 18, 2024, in Clermont, Florida. I love the bright primary colors, and it takes a second look to see the lady in the window. Jill Caspary of Gurnee

Honorable mention goes to Gail Jaroski of Lombard for catching this moment between lion siblings Brutus and Titus during a spring break visit to Brookfield Zoo Chicago with her husband and granddaughter. “So glad the one brother turned to listen and decided it wasn’t going to be a repeat of the Ides of March that day,” Jaroski said.

“We were just approaching the lions’ enclosure when we heard two lions roaring at each other. Following the crowd, we discovered the two were next to the glass. Lo and behold, the one on the left was lecturing and teaching the other one some listening skills. And after learning later that they were actual brothers, named Brutus and Titus, so relieved it wasn’t “Et tu, Brute?” Gail Jaroski of Lombard

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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