Moments of stillness: Daily Herald photo contest winners for April 2024

Many of the photo contest submissions in April captured a moment of stillness.

Our winner of the month is Fred Share of Huntley for catching the split-second moment before a house finch lands on a bird feeder. It almost looks like the avian visitor is levitating backward.

Second place goes to Laura Geroulis for the composition of her photo of a rookery in the shelter of a towering glacier, with a lone penguin catching a moment alone away from the crowds. The Des Plaines resident says, “This lone penguin seemed to be contemplating the immense glacier and the beauty of the blue ice, finding solitude away from the others.”

While on an Antarctica expedition, we came across a penguin rookery with busy penguins. Laura Geroulis of Des Plaines

Kathy Attlan of Oakbrook Terrace takes third place with a timed photo capturing the silhouette of a group of hikers against the starry skies during an outing in Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah. Attlan says, “How stupefying that in one photo we get to see all those stars, plus the Milky Way and a falling star.”

This timed selfie of us at Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah, all alone, on this amazing, cloudless new moon night. Kathy Attlan of Oakbrook Terrace

Deb Simpson offers a perfect title for her photo of a dragonfly. Describing her “On Gossamer Wings” photo, which takes fourth place, the Grayslake resident says, “I like the way the background is completely blurred and the way fragile wings are highlighted against the lightest area.”

I captured this dragonfly as he perched on the tip of a plant. Lucky for me, he stayed a while while I took a few shots. Deb Simpson of Grayslake

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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