ChicagoNow's best photo gallery posts of March, 2013

We've been having a monthly "best post" contest on ChicagoNow for nearly two years now, it's been a great way to both reward our bloggers and honor some of their best work.

A few months ago we also held a "best photo gallery post" contest, which produced so many good gallery posts we've decided to make it a monthly contest as well.

The criteria is pretty simple:

- The photo gallery must be the prime option for which you tell your story in the post.
- At least seven photos must be used in a gallery for it to qualify.
- Judging is based on originality, quality of the storytelling, overall creativity and the use of photos and captions.

Here are the five judged to be the best photo gallery posts of the month. Thanks to everybody who created and submitted their galleries, and congratulations to the winners!

Daily Chicago Sports Tab: 2013 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Combine 3-Round Edition
Why: Because this post is exactly what Tab's readers want, the presentation of the images and text is stellar, and his expertise jumps off the page. Just an all around tremendous gallery post.

High Gloss and Sauce: The best (and worst) variations of the Facebook red equal sign
Why: When avatars in support of marriage equality turned Facebook into a sea of red, Jenna realized there was more to it than meets the eye. She compiled and added her own commentary on the many other avatars that were being created, and she did it with a simple headline that made it very easy to know exactly what she was doing.

Lists That Actually Matter: My Adventures Creeping the 'tute
Why: Not only was this original, irreverent, creative and very funny but you learn about some of the great works of art at the Art Institute and I know will make me look at the place in a whole different manner next time I go visit.

Quilting, Sewing, Creating: Jim Morrison, The Doors May 10, 1968 Chicago concert and my handsewn Easter dress - a first date tale
Why: This post was both an homage to Jim Morrison and a personal memoir from almost 45 years ago. The photos were as much a part of the storytelling as the words, particularly the final image that I absolutely loved.

Tween Us: March Madness: 10 ways to make the NCAA Basketball Tournament educational
Why: Shannan took an event in which there was great national interest and adapted it perfectly to her blog. The pictures were sometimes a little generic but many were fun and it was great to see her use videos when they fit.

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