Welcome to the Reader’s second annual 1,000 Words issue. To select the photos in this year’s edition, we held a contest; readers could enter either by submitting photos to us directly or by placing them in the Chicago Reader Flickr pool. Not everything we selected fit into print (if that upsets you, please buy an ad immediately); see more finalists at chicagoreader.com. Two of the photographers whose work we’re publishing here and online will win $150 Best Buy gift cards in a drawing after the holidays.

If you’d like to join our Flickr pool and start submitting photos for 2009, please go to chicagoreader.com/youshoot for info and instructions.

Laurel Delaney

Pratt Beach, January 1

Eric Holubow

Westinghouse Career Academy, 3301 W. Franklin, January 13

Katherine Hodges

Ewing near 93rd, July 28

Andy Marfia

Irving Park near Ravenswood, January 18

Matthew Barrett

Central Park between Diversey and Fullerton, late April or early May

Katherine Hodges

Near 18th and Paulina, September 11

Matthew Taplinger

Lollapalooza, August 4; Pitchfork, July 19; and Blues Fest, June 10

Sam Adams

Wilson Red Line platform, February 21

Jeremy Biles

Cocina Barro, 73 E. Lake, October 8


Alley near Sacramento and Lyndale, October 11

Katherine Hodges

North between Kedzie and Sawyer, August 25

Sam Adams

Alley behind Uptown Baptist Church, 1011 W. Wilson, February 21

Katherine Hodges

Indiana Green Line station, March 14

David Schalliol

Grant Park, November 4

Melody Kramer

Columbus and Roosevelt, November 4

Archer Coe

Michigan and Randolph, November 5

Nick Disabato

From a rooftop at Paulina and Blackhawk, October 5

David Schalliol

99th and Avenue M, February 15

Andy Marfia

Federal Plaza, November 15

Katherine Hodges

Cermak and Christiana, December 2

Daniel T. Alvarez

Tribune Tower, 435 N Michigan, November 2

Sarah Toulouse

Air and Water Show, August 15