Every summer, the exploreLI photo contest challenges readers to share great pictures of Long Islanders enjoying themselves on Long Island. Here are our favorite 100 shots from among the 2011 submissions.
My grandson Logan Aslanian (15 months) playing at the water park at Venetian Shores, Lindenhurst on July 27th, 2011.
We were standing by a canal when a swarm of ducks came by the dozens, so we whipped out some bread and started to feed them! Even the adults were amused by feeding the ducks, just like my boyfriend's cousin in the picture.
Fisherman Tom MacAvoy, casts into the heavy surf well past sunset under colorful skies.
Leah Murnan took this photo of Karin Sabbeth with daughter Talia Aguirre, 2, and Leah's son, Owen Murnane, also 2, at a Northport playground.
Aidan on a slide at Marjorie Post Park.
While Scott Blom, 21, navigates through the salt marsh, Sara Kulins took some pictures of the two of them enjoying the kayak they rented at Orient Beach State Park on a beautiful summer day.
Coach John gives some advice to Frank Disanto, 12, and Johnny Vaccaro, 15, at an Astros game in July 2011.
Nina Marino took this photo of grandson Benjamin walking on the beach before Tropical Storm Irene.
Three boys in the green room at Splish Splash in Calverton.
Evelyn Mack took this shot of her sons Travis and Justin at a powwow.
Hayley Levy, 4, at Adventureland in Farmingdale.
Julia, Jack and Charlie Harkins walk on the beach at West Meadow in a photo by Maryann Harkins.
Ava O'Rourke, 3, goes for a stroll at Montauk Point Lighthouse. (July 10, 2011)
Jillain, 2, gets the hang of apple picking at Lewin Farms.
Emily and Isabelle play at Frank and Dick's Bait, Tackle, Food and Gas on the Great South Bay, wishing that summer would never end, in a photo submitted by their grandfather, Michael Morrison.
Stefanie Driscoll took this photo of Charlotte going on the carousel four times in a row.
"My daughter and I were visiting my younger son at Crestwood Country Day Camp one afternoon," said Marnie Gershowitz. who submitted this photo. "I had my camera out taking photos of him and his friends. She started posing so I snapped this photo of her hanging out by the tree."
L. Purschke submitted this photo of Maddie Roehrig and her beach buddies on the beach in Westhampton.
Joe Pergolotti says "I just loved the size of the board compaired to James."
Ed Sekula took this shot of his son, Justin Sekula, playing peek-a-boo at Bayard Cutting Arboretum. (Sept. 4, 2011)
Canden Grey Tanacan, 6 months, attends his first Long Island Ducks game . . . he especially liked the quacker!
Maryel Balletta said the day she took this picture of her daughter, Faith Balletta, 12, of Bellerose Village, "the glistening sun was magnificent against the water. The picture was taken in Peconic Bay, Jamesport, N.Y., off my boat Poppie's Bay Ray."
Sarah, 8, received horseback riding lessons for her birthday. She took them at the Saddle Rock Ranch through the Girl Scouts.
Eloise and Josie Summa give a big hug to the Montauk lighthouse at the Jones Beach miniature golf course.
Kim Mc Cann took a photo of her nieces and nephews, Ryan Mc Cann, 6, Kaitlin Mc Cann, 10, and Cara Jewels, 6, testing the water at Robert Moses, Field 5, while her other nephew, Jack Jewels, 3, reluctantly looked on. (July 9, 2011)
Denise McNeill took a picture of her son Jack and his friend at their weekly play group meeting at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford. "My son Jack and his friend went on their favorite ride -- the swings! Jack has been getting a bit more daring and let go of the chains to fly like a plane. What a fun day."
JJ looks at one of the may butterflies at the Long Island aquarium in a photo taken by his mother, Angela Pilewski.
Michael Koos doing a backflip off his skimboard at Robert Moses.
Aiden Patrick Ulceus, 2 years old, of Central Islip, pets the goats at The Animal Farm Petting Zoo! June 2011
4th of July BBQ with friends and Family. Cousins, Jack Kozak 4 years old, Cole Kozak 1 year old, Kaylie Mayer 4 years old, Michael Given 5 years old, Cameron Given 3 years old, all celebrating America's Birthday!!
Angelina Livigni, age 6 and her brother Gianni, age 3 from Manhasset posed in their new goggles at the newly renovated Manorhaven Park Pool.
My daughter Amanda and boxer Riley playing on a beautiful summer day.
Nina King,age 4, and her brother Nolan, age 7, watched some competetors at the Hampton Classic this was the final walk around for that group. My children attend the Classic each summer and love the horses, they wait for a chance to pet some afterward.
Finalist at the Quiksilver tournament in Long Beach.
Grandchildren Ashley and Amber Danz having an exciting time on the Little Dipper ride at the Adventureland amusement park on June 27,2011
Sandy of bayville, enjoying her ride home, after a pretty sunny day on Oyster Bay.
My grandson, Dominic, at the LI Game Farm
Sisters Haley Kurtzberg, 9 (left), and Emma Kurtzberg, 4, of Melville, at Sunken Meadow beach at sunset in June 2011 (both pictures). It was a spur-of-the moment trip, which is why they're wearing dresses and not swimsuits.
3 of my children (Nicole, Christian & Joseph) on the grounds of the Nassau County Museum of Art.
Lydia Torrance draws her favorite Peanuts character, Snoopy, on the street during the Riverhead Festival May 2011.
My son Jesse, 11 yrs old of Baiting Hollow along with his friend Seamus, also 11 of Wading River, on what was Jesse's first time fishing at Hulse Landing Boat Ramp in Riverhead. His friend Seamus taught him all about fishing.
This is our 5 year old grandaughter, Kaitlin. After watching a children's play at a theater in Port Washington we spent some time at the playground nearby.
3 year old Tommy Murphy and a P-47 War Hawk at Republic Airpower Museum on Labor Day 2011
Lots of fun activities at the lifeguard stand during Sunken Meadow's seafood fest.
My grandson Logan Canonico of Medford, 9 months on the swings at Indian Island State Park during his first camping trip. The swings are his favorite thing on the playground!
At the East Rockaway fair kids get a chance to explore the firetrucks!
Zach jumping over sister Dana and cousins Connor and Kellie at the Hither Hills State Park dunes.
Tyler Tschetschot age 4 running through the cornfield maze at Seven Ponds that was downed by Hurricane Irene.