Seven Wonders of Illinois Photo Contest – Finalists Announced!

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We want to extend a huge thanks to everyone who shared their amazing photography with us for the Seven Wonders of Illinois photo contest! After more than 90 submissions, our judges have decided on seven finalists. Vote for your favorite photo today – the winner will receive a Sony Cyber-shot digital camera from Abt Electronics!

All votes must be in by November 17 and our contest winner will be announced on November 18.

– The Enjoy Illinois Team

Wrigley Field: The Heart of Chicago

Wrigley Field The Heart of Chicago

Photo by Aaron Brown

Baha’i Temple: Violet Hour at the House of Worship

Violet Hour at the House of Worship

Photo by Justin Kern

Starved Rock State Park: LaSalle Canyon

LaSalle canyon

Photo by Jim Watkins

Allerton Park: Robert Allerton Mansion

Robert Allerton Mansion by Keenan Adams

Photo by Keenan Adams

Black Hawk State Historic Site: Black Hawk Under a Cloud-Filtered Moon

Black Hawk

Photo by Jim Pearson

Rend Lake

Rend Lake

Photo by Tyler Neu

Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway: Looking Up River from the Top

Looking Up

Photo by Robert Cope

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24 thoughts on “Seven Wonders of Illinois Photo Contest – Finalists Announced!”

  1. I am honored that my photo has been selected as a finalist.

    To those of you who are considering which to cast your vote for, please know that:

    * I am not a professional photographer – just a dedicated volunteer for the Site,
    * The photo you see is 100% exactly as it was captured on a very cold winter evening, and
    * That every volunteer affiliated with Black Hawk State Historic Site will appreciate your vote and the ongoing support of our efforts at the Site.

  2. …with light streaming out of the windows a la Thomas Kincaid “Painter of Light”? With a geometric dome reversed out of the sky? Must be an HDR image.

  3. All Great pictures !

    Robert Cope’s shot of the “Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway: Looking Up River from the Top” stands out from the rest in my mind.

    The size of the photo looks smaller than the rest, but the content is huge……Look at that sky, look at the reflections on the water, look at those colors and that one lonely tow heading down-river at the end of the day in that smooth, smooth water.

    What a shot !

    “Looking Up River from the Top”…. is a good title too, because this shot has to be taken from a-top of those limestone bluffs along the Great River Road !

    I vote for Robert Cope’s Photo !

  4. the blackhawk picture is beautiful. it has a haunting and mysterious quality about it. is there any chance to get a copy of the photo? i would love to have one.

  5. Lets be fair, the Black Hawk picture was taken by an employee of THIS VERY WEBSITE! the picture is nice, but not nearly the composition of the Robert Cope shot of the river(s) which are the lifeblood of the state and it people. The river(s) have been the reason Illinois formed it towns and cities, The Scenic Byways shot by Cope is hands down the best shot! AND I believe he made his own wooden boat that he enjoys nearly year round in those very waters.

    1. For the record, Jim does not work for IBOT. He volunteers at the park. He took this photo at one of our events. Thanks all for submitting. I will not vote, or solicit votes, as I spent 5 years on the board at BHSHS; but Jim does have a nice shot as well as Watkins and Neu.

      Well done all!

  6. Wonderful photos of God’s work. The photos are beautiful and I can only imagine how much more breath taking to be there in person. I personally love the confluence of the great rivers.Nature is so awesome!

  7. The panoramic view, the variety of natural colors in the “meeting Of The Great Rivers…” photo has my vote. It is an untouched, beautiful natural reflection of the sky and river in a smooth, clear image that captures the natural beauty of this scenic byway.

  8. The drivers of today need to thank the drivers of yesteryear for everythig that has been done is the sport because without the richard Petty’s and the Dale Earnhardt’s amnd the past drivers there wopuld be no NASCAR of today so I say congrats to those who went in the hall today and hopefully more4 of the late greats will soon follow these great drivers like Buddy Bakerand all those who created this thing called NASCAR

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