Announce a photo contest, and it’s never hard to tell what catches the eye and hearts of those living in our neighborhood.

Their children – playing soccer, playing in leaves, playing in snow and playing at the pool. Their pets. The occasional backyard wildlife sighting. And, of course, what photo spread dedicated to our area would be complete without a picture or two taken at White Rock Lake?

As always, it was a tough job narrowing this year’s submissions down to those we had space for – a lot of good photos were left out.

Whether your photo was published or not, thanks again for taking the time to enter the Advocate’s annual photo contest.

And remember, anytime is a good time to send us your pictures, thoughts and story ideas about the place we call home. Over the years, our best inspiration has always come from our readers.

Enjoy the photos.