Readers show photography skills online and in print

At The Herald we have a staff of award-winning photojournalists who bring readers stunning visuals every day. But in a county that’s rich with beautiful subjects, there’s always more left to be documented.

Last September we launched Your Photos on HeraldNet, a place where readers can upload their own photos to share with the community. We started off encouraging readers to send photos from Friday night high school football games, and from there it’s grown. Readers have shared a variety such as cute pet portraits and a news photo of a boat fire. To make these photos, readers use devices as simple as camera phones and as sophisticated as Canon SLRs — the same equipment pros use.

We now run a selection of these submitted photos every Monday in the printed pages of The Herald’s local news section.

A common thread in reader galleries is that our local photographers love color. Maybe it is because we have so many gray days, but the most popular galleries are those filled with nature, animals and sunsets.

Jim Stiles, a regular contributor to Your Photos, not only contributes nature and animal photography to HeraldNet, but he also has been featured in The Herald and on the cover of the Woodland Park Zoo 2012 calendar.

“I greatly enjoy sharing the beauty I capture with a wide array of online communities. More than anything, I enjoy helping other photographers learn how to better their skills and capture more skilled images,” Stiles said.

Local photographer Jenni El Fattal is another frequent contributor to Your Photos.

“I love sharing my work with others,” El Fattal said of The Herald’s online reader gallery. “I have gotten emails requesting to purchase my work, and people who want to tell me what they liked about my pictures. I just like to make people happy, and it’s been wonderful to have such positive feedback and be inspired by other creative photographers in The Herald community.”

Take a look at to see work from Stiles, El Fattal and many others. Explore the beauty of our community and share your own photographs.

Check out a gallery of some of our favorite reader photos here.

Each week, Here at The Herald provides an inside peek at the newspaper — its people and the work they do. Is there something you would like to know? Send your idea to Executive Editor Neal Pattison,

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