Every week judges at the Daily Herald evaluate images sent to us by readers in the Northwest suburbs, Lake County, DuPage County and the Fox Valley. Finalists are chosen and their photos are published in the Neighbor section.
Once a month, our judges choose their favorite as the top winner in each zone.
Here are the winners for September.
For more information on the contest and how to enter, watch for the weekly winners later this week.
Chris Bullock of North AuroraA sailboat returning to its mooring in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin at sunset. My wife and I sat in the town park watching a beautiful sunset when the sailboat came around the point and slowly glided into port like a shadow.
A hummingbird in flight seeks out a sweet treat at The Chicago Botanic Garden this month. I love the look of determination on his face!
Lynne Solway of Buffalo Grove
We visited Katmai National Park this June. The salmon arrived the same day we did so each day bear activity increased at Brooks Falls.
Matt Harrington of Wheaton
The guy on the wave runner appears to be trying to jump over the Chicago skyline. This picture was taken on Friday the 13th on Chicago's Lake Michigan.
Fred Gruber of Streamwood
Perched atop this Alaskan iceberg, an elder looking eagle surveys the wild contemplating its next move with the beautiful spruces trees draped behind it.
Vincent Calendo of Schaumburg
I took this photo at the Boerner Botanical Gardens just west of Milwaukee. I like this as a reminder that summer can provide fleeting moments of wonderful structure and color, fun to capture through a camera lens ... this delicate balance of nature is one we should do all we can to preserve.
Art Meierdirk of St. Charles
On recent trip to Cinque Terra, Italy, we had a cliff diving outside our Air B & B.
Bette Wagner of St. Charles
This is a panoramic picture of the sunrise as seen from my deck on August 30. I'm blessed to be able to see so many variations of the sunrise from this vantage point. I really like the range of the vivid colors in this shot and the mirroring of them off the glasslike surface of the pond. I especially like the streaking affect of the clouds in this shot as it reminds me somewhat of an underwater view of waves.
Jack Cherco of South Elgin
Two black swans drift along the shore as dawn breaks over Lake Rotorua on the north island of New Zealand. Taken on August 10, 2019, Rotorua, New Zealand.
Ken Simpson of Arlington Heights
Earlier this summer, we attended an after hours event at the Adler Planetarium. We were out on one of the west-facing terraces and enjoyed this spectacular sunset behind Chicago's beautiful skyline!
Barb Ogorek of Carol Stream
"Prismatic Spring" in the mist. The hot spring is a blue pool surrounded by orange algae that is similar to the foreground. In early morning, the spring was covered by steam rising into the cool air and was barely visible, but the mist took on the colors of what it was concealing. Taken 7/13/2019 in Yellowstone National Park.
Ken Michalik of Prairie View
These magnificent towering redwoods from Muir Woods seem to form a circle as they disappear into their verdant canopy and blue sky.
Vince Calendo of Schaumburg
Monarch butterfly winging its way around the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Fred Share of Arlington Heights
Cayman Island sunset. Not your typical sunset, note the sailing vessel on the horizon.
Tom McClow of Winfield
I took this picture on a recent trip to Banff National Park in Canada.
Doug Long of Fox Lake
A butterfly at the Chicago Botanic Garden lands on my grandson's head. I love the look of sheer joy on his face.
Lynne Solway of Buffalo Grove
Taken at Cantigny Park during a North West Territory Alliance's Revolutionary War Re-enactment "Dragoon Demonstration". "Dragoons" originally were a class of mounted infantry, who used horses for mobility.
Randy Link of Winfield
Sunrise on Druce lake.
Matt Shinners of Third Lake
Rainbow in Stryker, Montana while we were driving back from the Canadian boarder.
David E. Aimone of Elburn
The mosquitoes at the Arctic Ocean are fierce. My son and I completed our road trip to the Arctic Ocean at Tuktoyaktuk, NWT Canada this Summer. We were viewing a Pingo, which is a an Arctic geological feature when I noticed this swarm on a hat. The lighting was great and captured the mosquitoes nicely. A Pingo is a large hill with an ice core covered in Tundra.
Tom Knutson of West Chicago