A year's worth of winning images of the Daily Herald reader photo contest

 
Daily Herald staff report
Posted1/6/2021 6:00 AM

Each week Daily Herald readers submit their best images for consideration in our photo contest. Here's a look back at the best images for each month of 2020.

How to enter

Every Tuesday, we showcase entries in our Your Images contest before our photo staff picks a monthly winner.

The contest is open to amateur photographers 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 yourimages@dailyherald.com. Include your name, 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.

October: Due to the smoke from the Western wildfires, I was able to shoot directly into the sun with my camera as the sun was going down. Timing is everything, and from the haze you can see the vapors from the plane's engines.
October: Due to the smoke from the Western wildfires, I was able to shoot directly into the sun with my camera as the sun was going down. Timing is everything, and from the haze you can see the vapors from the plane's engines.
Michael W. Noonan of Arlington Heights
April: I took this photo on March 3 on a balloon ride at sunrise near the Camelback Mountains in Phoenix, Arizona. I like how the mist in the early morning light gives the picture a golden effect and how the various ridgelines give a layering effect of shades.
April: I took this photo on March 3 on a balloon ride at sunrise near the Camelback Mountains in Phoenix, Arizona. I like how the mist in the early morning light gives the picture a golden effect and how the various ridgelines give a layering effect of shades.
William A. Rosewell of Palatine
February: What a difference a year makes. Last Feb. 2, during the Polar Vortex, a brave cyclist is silhouetted in hazing morning sun as he walks his bike around an ice-coated lookout tower on the breakwater at North Avenue Beach. This Feb. 2, it was over 50 degrees.
February: What a difference a year makes. Last Feb. 2, during the Polar Vortex, a brave cyclist is silhouetted in hazing morning sun as he walks his bike around an ice-coated lookout tower on the breakwater at North Avenue Beach. This Feb. 2, it was over 50 degrees.
Ken Simpson of Arlington Heights
May: This is a Baltimore oriole enjoying a warm spring day in an apple tree.
May: This is a Baltimore oriole enjoying a warm spring day in an apple tree.
Fred Share of Arlington Heights
March: This is a photo of a pied-billed grebe taken at Plum Grove Reservoir. It was taken in the early morning just as the sun hit the water.
March: This is a photo of a pied-billed grebe taken at Plum Grove Reservoir. It was taken in the early morning just as the sun hit the water.
Bob Esbensen of Palatine
December: An eagle up high in pine tree in Kake, Alaska. Just one of many, many eagles seen on our 2018 Alaska trip.
December: An eagle up high in pine tree in Kake, Alaska. Just one of many, many eagles seen on our 2018 Alaska trip.
Richard Dietz of Arlington Heights
November: A spiral staircase leading to the top of a lighthouse at the Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts.
November: A spiral staircase leading to the top of a lighthouse at the Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts.
Fred Share of Arlington Heights
July: This "Silver Surfer" was on Lake Michigan in South Haven, Michigan. The setting sun was silver reflecting in the calm waters as the sailboat headed back to Chicago.
July: This "Silver Surfer" was on Lake Michigan in South Haven, Michigan. The setting sun was silver reflecting in the calm waters as the sailboat headed back to Chicago.
Ed Hunter of Elgin
June: I took this picture on a forest preserve trail. I love the way everything looks during golden hour. During quarantine I have had a lot of time to work on my photography and go places to take pictures.
June: I took this picture on a forest preserve trail. I love the way everything looks during golden hour. During quarantine I have had a lot of time to work on my photography and go places to take pictures.
Sierra Koenig of West Chicago
January: Shot at the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve. I used a 15 second exposure in order to get the "eye of the hurricane" effect on the water, and give the waterfall that cotton candy effect.
January: Shot at the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve. I used a 15 second exposure in order to get the "eye of the hurricane" effect on the water, and give the waterfall that cotton candy effect.
Craig Spradling of Elk Grove Village
August: My grandson Jack celebrating the end of a glorious day at a lake in Wisconsin last August of 2019, when all was normal.
August: My grandson Jack celebrating the end of a glorious day at a lake in Wisconsin last August of 2019, when all was normal.
Darlene Webb of Hoffman Estates
September: I was photographing the sunrise at Wilmette Beach on Aug. 22. As I was leaving I noticed a girl dancing on the beach. I quickly moved to the point where she was aligned with the sun, and as she held her pose for an instant, I got the shot.
September: I was photographing the sunrise at Wilmette Beach on Aug. 22. As I was leaving I noticed a girl dancing on the beach. I quickly moved to the point where she was aligned with the sun, and as she held her pose for an instant, I got the shot.
Mike Zarnek of Mount Prospect
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