• A composite of photos from last year’s photo issue

[UPDATE BELOW] In the past, you’ve given us shots ranging from the spectacle of curlicues of smoke at the Air & Water Show to the power of last year’s Occupy Chicago protests to the simple but effective message of a moribund building in front of the downtown skyline. We’re looking for more similarly vivid work this year. That’s right: we’re opening up the field for submissions to our annual photo issue!

Of course, not everyone can make the cut. But following these guidelines will ensure that you at least have a good shot: