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2012 ExploreLI reader photos: Top 100

Lee-Ann Lih of Massapequa took this picture of

Lee-Ann Lih of Massapequa took this picture of her 7-year old daughter Jacquelyn Lih as she "tries her best to stay dry by jumping her way through the Tobay beach Splash pad. (Aug. 2012) Photo Credit: Lee-Ann Lih

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 2012 submissions.

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Lee-Ann Lih of Massapequa took this picture of
Photo Credit: Lee-Ann Lih

Lee-Ann Lih of Massapequa took this picture of her 7-year old daughter Jacquelyn Lih as she "tries her best to stay dry by jumping her way through the Tobay beach Splash pad. (Aug. 2012)

Karen Woo of took this photo of her
Photo Credit: Karen Woo

Karen Woo of took this photo of her 4-year old son Christopher Gee "enjoying the sand at the Islip Town Beach." (August 5, 2012)

Timothy Butler of Sayville took this photo of
Photo Credit: Timothy Butler

Timothy Butler of Sayville took this photo of his friend Bob Person from Sayville with Bob's 4-year old daughter Jessica while walking through a corn maze somewhere on the North Fork. (Sept. 23, 2012)

Sergio Diaz of Sayville took this picture of
Photo Credit: Sergio Diaz

Sergio Diaz of Sayville took this picture of his children 9-year old Jacob Diaz and 6-year old Kayla who reeled in simultaneous catches on an August day on Great South Bay in Hampton Bays. Jacob caught a sea robin, and Kayla caught a fluke. (Aug. 2012)

Ann Kling of Farmingville took this photo of
Photo Credit: Ann Kling

Ann Kling of Farmingville took this photo of her daughter Sydney Katherine Kling, 9 months old, smiling at her riding partner at Chuck E Cheese. (Jan. 2012)

Jen Griffing of Smithtown took this picture, a
Photo Credit: Jen Griffing

Jen Griffing of Smithtown took this picture, a Halloween to remember. She writes, "Taken two days after Hurricane Sandy, the spirit of Halloween was alive and well on Dale Lane in Smithtown as neighborhood children pose on the latest playground equipment provided by the storm." (Nov. 2, 2012)

Patrice Scalise of Merrick took this picture of
Photo Credit: Patrice Scalise

Patrice Scalise of Merrick took this picture of her mother Edith Scalise of Plainview as she celebrated her 88th birthday on the boardwalk at Jones Beach on Saturday, August 25. She is with her husband Robert who turned 88 on August 16. Her daughters Patrice and Donna enjoyed the stroll with them and took the pictures. (Aug. 25, 2012)

Gene Porcelli of Hauppauge took this picture at
Photo Credit: Gene Porcelli

Gene Porcelli of Hauppauge took this picture at the Long Island Car Show at MacArthur Airport. (August 12, 2012)

Pam Hickey of Babylon took this picture of
Photo Credit: Pam Hickey

Pam Hickey of Babylon took this picture of cousins paddle-boarding with the dog Lola at West Gilgo. In front is dog Queen Lola, and behind her standing is 13-year-old Sarah Hickey, and in back,15-year-old Kate Hickey. (Aug. 2012)

Andrea Fahy of Massapequa took this picture of
Photo Credit: Andrea Fahy

Andrea Fahy of Massapequa took this picture of 10-year-old Owen Harris, 11-year-old Chloe Harris, and her daughter,13-year-old Kate Fahy, as the three take a tube ride, towed by a boat from the Port of Egypt in Southold. (Aug. 4, 2012)

Dana Creaven of Babylon took this photo of
Photo Credit: Dana Creaven

Dana Creaven of Babylon took this photo of her 3-year-old son Christian Creaven-Tintella playing mini golf in Montauk. (June 28, 2012)

Paul Wangenstein of Lake Ronkonkoma took this picture
Photo Credit: Paul Wangenstein

Paul Wangenstein of Lake Ronkonkoma took this picture of his granddaughter Caroline Brady Clark, 13 months old and of Seaford, as she plays with the balls at the new East End Children's Museum (EECM) of Bridgehampton. (Aug. 2012)

Colin Grace, 8 years old and of Rockville
Photo Credit: Colin Grace

Colin Grace, 8 years old and of Rockville Centre, took this photo of his mother Linda Grace while she was playing frisbee in "a pink petal storm at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay."

James Monahan of Rockville Centre took this photo
Photo Credit: James Monahan

James Monahan of Rockville Centre took this photo capping off Field Day in which Rockville Centre kindergartners at Covert Grammar School run in and out of the hose set up by the South Hempstead Fire Department on a hot day before the pools opened. (June 3, 2012)

Hingwa Moy of Bellport took this photo of
Photo Credit: Hingwa Moy

Hingwa Moy of Bellport took this photo of This Good Robot playing Round 3 of The Bamboozle Break Contest at The Nutty Irishman in Farmindale for a chance to play the Main Stage at The Bamboozle Festival. (April 22, 2012)

Ken Eddy of Eastport took this photo of
Photo Credit: Ken Eddy

Ken Eddy of Eastport took this photo of two young artists working on a street painting at the Riverhead Sidewalk Art Festival. (May 2012)

From the left, Hope Steuerwald, 12, Jamie Margiotta,
Photo Credit: Adina Mauer

From the left, Hope Steuerwald, 12, Jamie Margiotta, 11, Kaitlyn Mauer, 12, Jordyn Biskup, 12, Aleyna Oksuz, 12, and Ciera Kotan, 12, celebrate graduation from Dayton Avenue School in Manorville in this photo by Adna Mauer of Manorville. (June 2012)

Steven Kessler of North Massapequa took this picture
Photo Credit: Steven Kessler

Steven Kessler of North Massapequa took this picture of two dirt bike riders going in opposite directions on the track during the L.I. Motocross races in Yaphank. He said they "look like they could high-five as they pass." (July 2012)

Tonya Simpson of Babylon took this photo in
Photo Credit: Tonya simpson

Tonya Simpson of Babylon took this photo in Bay Shore of her 9-year-old daughter Jazmyne Simpson "taking in the beauty at the beach while we were out for a walk at Gardiners Park." (July 2012)

Gabriella Spiegel of Huntington took this photo of
Photo Credit: Gabriella Spiegel

Gabriella Spiegel of Huntington took this photo of her 9-year-old sister on the family lawn and titles it "A Night On the Grass". (July 27, 2012)

Suzanne Terito of Lindenhurst took this picture of
Photo Credit: Suzanne Terito

Suzanne Terito of Lindenhurst took this picture of Ralph Lee of West Babylon with his son 10-year-old son Matthew at Cedar Beach in Babylon. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Michelle Mascolo of Plainview took this photo of
Photo Credit: Michelle Mascolo

Michelle Mascolo of Plainview took this photo of visiting cousins from taken at the fire island lighthouse of visiting cousins from Wyoming, Minnesota (a suburb of St. Paul) at the Fire Island Lighthouse. They are, from the left, Hannah Jents, 12, Madelyn Jents, 14, Maron Jents, 10, and Levi Jents, 6. (July 31, 2012)

Janice Richman of Smithtown took this photo of
Photo Credit: Janice Richman

Janice Richman of Smithtown took this photo of a circle of friends. Clockwise from top, Liana Richman, Katie Ulick, Lexi Doerrie, Samantha Sattanino, Skyler Sattanino, Ally Chang, Stephanie Sattanino, and Zoe Richman gather together on the lawn in Commack. (Aug. 2012)

Joseph Richard Schlauch of Franklin Square took this
Photo Credit: Richard

Joseph Richard Schlauch of Franklin Square took this picture of his 4-year old granddaughter Amen Theresa McKee as she bungee jumped at Adventureland in Farmingdale. "She refused to leave the park until we let her try it." (July 6, 2012)

Sue Lowney of took this picture of her
Photo Credit: Sue Lowney

Sue Lowney of took this picture of her 8-year old daughter Shannon Lowney swimming the butterfly stroke in a duel meet at Marjorie Post Park Pool in Massapequa. (July 28, 2013)

Four friends sit on the dock in Oyster
Photo Credit: Molly Geary

Four friends sit on the dock in Oyster Bay before heading off to college. (Aug. 30, 2013)

Ryan Hutnick of Shirley took this picture of
Photo Credit: Ryan Hutnick

Ryan Hutnick of Shirley took this picture of John Youmans of Shirley, hard-flipping his skateboard as Charles Vasquez, also of Shirley, is videotaping him at Mastic Skatepark. (Sept. 2012)

Tricia Connelly of Port Jeffereson took this picture

Tricia Connelly of Port Jeffereson took this picture of her daughters by the car. She writes, "This is what happens when Mom turns her back for a second, and the older sis grabs the hose!" (Sept. 2012)

Dana Fitzpatrick of Holtsville took this photo of
Photo Credit: Dana Fitzpatrick

Dana Fitzpatrick of Holtsville took this photo of Gianna Guastaferro, left, and cousin (Dana's daughter) Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, both 6, walking at the Pennysaver Amphitheatre in Farmingville dressed as princesses after seeing "Cinderella." (Sept. 2012)

Hans Henke of Patchogue took this picture of
Photo Credit: Hans Henke

Hans Henke of Patchogue took this picture of his granddaughters, Julia Johnson, 10, of Blue Point, Olivia Brinkman, 10, of Patchogue, and Meaghan Johnson, 8, of Blue Point while saying hello to the friendly deer at Smith Point County Park Campground. (Sept. 16, 2012)

Linda Richards of East Moriches took this picture
Photo Credit: Linda Richards

Linda Richards of East Moriches took this picture of the Just Groovin' Band belting out tunes at the Smith Point Beach Hut in Shirley with the Just Groovin' Band. "It was time to shake your groove thang! So much fun!" (July, 2012)

Dominick Chiuchiolo of Manorville took this photo of
Photo Credit: Dominick Chiuchiolo

Dominick Chiuchiolo of Manorville took this photo of his 2-year son, Kaden, and family friend Nicolette Carlo, 7, of Bohemia, "having fun with the hay at the local farm in Manorville." (Oct. 2012)

Kristen Morris of Valley Stream took this picture
Photo Credit: Kristen Morris

Kristen Morris of Valley Stream took this picture of her daughters and a friend at Lavender by the Bay Farm in East Marion. Chloe Morris, 6, left, her sister Jayda, 2, and neighbor Madison Ford, 6, were excited to see and smell the sweet lavender. (July 28, 2012)

Eileen Ortenzi of Bay Shore took this picture
Photo Credit: Eileen Ortenzi

Eileen Ortenzi of Bay Shore took this picture of her children, Brendan, 8, and Megan, 5, on their first ferry ride of the summer. "We were heading to Kismet, Fire Island." (July 2012)

Jason Fried of Smithtown took this picture of
Photo Credit: Jason Fried

Jason Fried of Smithtown took this picture of his children, Sofia, 6, Mia, 22 months and Brandon, 9, while Alana, 4, watches them head down the yellow trail at Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island. "Don't worry, she caught up." (Sept. 2012)

Pamela Lucas of Rockville Centre took this photo
Photo Credit: Pamela Lucas

Pamela Lucas of Rockville Centre took this photo of her grandson Brody Lucas, 2, being tossed in the air by his father, Ryan, of Oceanside on the family's summer vacation at Foster Memorial Beach in Sag Harbor. (Aug. 28, 2012)

John O'Brien of Westbury took this picture of
Photo Credit: John O'Brien

John O'Brien of Westbury took this picture of the cross-country winners in the Special Olympics Long Island Fall Classic at Stars in Cantiague Park in Hicksville. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Tom Whalen of Oakdale took this picture of
Photo Credit: Tom Whalen

Tom Whalen of Oakdale took this picture of his 9-year-old son, Jack, illustrating "just how low the tide got at Short Beach in Nissequogue yesterday by posing in front of this huge boulder, which clearly shows where the water level is at high tide."

Rory Sherman of Lake Grove took this picture
Photo Credit: Rory Sherman

Rory Sherman of Lake Grove took this picture of his twins, Olivia and Chloe Sherman, 5, hanging out on the anchor near the Fire Island Lighthouse.

Karen Wilson of Westbury took this photo of
Photo Credit: Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson of Westbury took this photo of Stephanie Washington and baby Ava cheering runners on at the Long Island Marathon. (May, 2012)

Lisa Hueber of Port Jefferson Station took this
Photo Credit: Lisa Hueber

Lisa Hueber of Port Jefferson Station took this picture of her sons, Thomas, 5, and Patrick, 2, climbing a tree off a trail at West Meadow Beach in Setauket.

Fran Zahn of Massapequa took this photo of
Photo Credit: Fran Zahn

Fran Zahn of Massapequa took this photo of blueberries and strawberries for sale at a farm stand in Orient. "Delicious berries on a warm afternoon." (2012)

Fran Miness of Roslyn Heights took this photo
Photo Credit: Fran Miness

Fran Miness of Roslyn Heights took this photo of her 3-year old grandson Daniel Whitehill while he is celebrating "the beginning of summer, the Mets' first no-hitter and a beautiful day on the Long Beach boardwalk, with a yummy ice cream cone." (June 3, 2012)

Andrew Sable of Bellmore took this picture of
Photo Credit: Andy Sable

Andrew Sable of Bellmore took this picture of country western singer Brad Paisley performing at the Nikon Theater at Jones Beach in Wantagh on a cold rainy evening. (June, 2012)

Alexa Telano of Bellmore took this picture of
Photo Credit: Alexa Telano

Alexa Telano of Bellmore took this picture of the Aerosmith finale at the Aerosmith/Cheap Trick concert at Nassau Coliseum.

Timothy Butler of Sayville took this picture of
Photo Credit: Timothy Butler

Timothy Butler of Sayville took this picture of members of the Wetpants Sailing group of Sayville participating in a regatta on the Great South Bay in Sayville. (July 13, 2012)

Linda Moran of Manorville took this picture of
Photo Credit: Linda Moran

Linda Moran of Manorville took this picture of her daughter Samantha Moran,10, with her dog, Buddy, on the beach in Center Moriches. (July, 2012)

Virginia Halbin of North Babylon took this photo
Photo Credit: Virginia Halbin

Virginia Halbin of North Babylon took this photo of her 8-year old son, Jason, playing on the swings at Belmont State Park. (July 2012)

Joe Abate of Island Park took this picture
Photo Credit: Joe Abate

Joe Abate of Island Park took this picture of an antiques shop in Brookhaven. (July 2012)

Cathryn Mackie of Lindenhurst took this photo of
Photo Credit: Cathryn Mackie

Cathryn Mackie of Lindenhurst took this photo of red, white and blue. On the left is Liam Jordan, 7, and beside him, Ethan Mackie, 8, showing off their patriotic colors at the North Broome Avenue block party in Lindenhurst. (Aug. 20, 2012)

Lil Greiner of Hicksville took this picture of
Photo Credit: Lil Greiner

Lil Greiner of Hicksville took this picture of her Danielle Fisher, 7, climbing the rock wall at Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center in Riverhead. "She was just determined to climb it. She even took her brother's sneakers to get up on the wall." (August 2012)

Patty Kanfer of Holbrook took this picture of
Photo Credit: Patty Kanfer

Patty Kanfer of Holbrook took this picture of her 10-year old son, Tyler Squillanti, while waiting to see Kelly Clarkson on stage at Jones Beach. "And as you can see, he was excited for her to perform." (August 2012)

Diane Colorio of Shirley took this picture of
Photo Credit: Diane Colorio

Diane Colorio of Shirley took this picture of her daughters, Alyssa Colorio, 8, and Gianna, 4, who "went quackers over the Long Island Ducks." (August 2012)

Jim Kelly of Huntington took this picture of
Photo Credit: Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly of Huntington took this picture of the Jimmy Buffett concert at Jones Beach. "A cast of thousands!!!!!" he writes. (August 2012)

Lisa McArdle of Smithtown took this photo of
Photo Credit: Lisa McArdle

Lisa McArdle of Smithtown took this photo of her 11-year old son, Justin, who "loves the beach and flying high" off the lifeguard chair at Crab Meadow Beach in Fort Salonga. (Aug. 2012)

Irene Weissberg of Commack took this picture of
Photo Credit: Irene Weissberg

Irene Weissberg of Commack took this picture of her 10-year old granddaughter, Sarah, "who loves to body surf at Lido Beach." (September 2012)

Dominick Chiuchiolo of Manorville took this photo of
Photo Credit: Dominick Chiuchiolo

Dominick Chiuchiolo of Manorville took this photo of his children, Kaden, 2, left, and Zac, 4, waving to a sea lion at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead. (Sept. 2012)

Jennifer Malvino of Glen Cove took this photo
Photo Credit: Jennifer Malvino

Jennifer Malvino of Glen Cove took this photo of her children, Brianna, 10, left, Robbie, 5, and Brooke, 8, having fun on a boat on Long Island Sound off Crescent Beach in Glen Cove. (September 2012)

Natasha Botway of East Setauket took this photo
Photo Credit: Natasha Botway

Natasha Botway of East Setauket took this photo at the Suffolk County Kennel Club Dog Show in Saint James. She writes, "A stunning Saluki dog is examined by a judge." (Sept. 29, 2012)

Keith Kowalsky of Port Washington took this picture
Photo Credit: Keith Kowalsky

Keith Kowalsky of Port Washington took this picture of his 14-year old daughter, Courtney, playing singles at Nassau County Tennis Championships at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. (Oct. 22, 2012)

Nicky Hogan, 4, stands next to a firefighter
Photo Credit: Jean Hogan

Nicky Hogan, 4, stands next to a firefighter statue at the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center in Garden City. The moment was captured by his mother, Jean Hogan. The Hogan family resides in the Fred Shores neighborhood in Babylon. (Dec. 29, 2012)

Photo Credit: Jennifer Drake

"My boys, Jonathan, 2, and Thomas, 3, of Center Moriches, were pleasantly surprised when the giant sea turtle emerged to say 'hello' at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center!" (2012)

Bill Kacinski of Centereach, while fishing in one
Photo Credit: Bill Kacinski

Bill Kacinski of Centereach, while fishing in one of the ponds around Calverton, took this picture of his grandson Lliam Kacinski, 11, of Coram, showing off the first fish he caught that day. (July 2012)

Donna Schmitt of Bohemia took this picture of
Photo Credit: Donna Schmitt

Donna Schmitt of Bohemia took this picture of her daughter and friends putting on sunscreen at Sailors Haven in Fire Island. "Got Your Back! Protecting ourselves from the sun on Sailors Haven, Fire Island. We all got in a line to apply sunscreen to each other's backs." From left are Lauren DeThomasis of Bohemia, Kelly Bauer of West Sayville and Victoria Gracie and Karly Schmitt, both of Oakdale, all 16 years old.

Debbie Baer of Old Bethpage took this photo
Photo Credit: Debbie Baer

Debbie Baer of Old Bethpage took this photo of her daughter Rachel 11, fishing with friend Matthew Frucht, 13, of Plainview, and Jordan Baer, 13, during the Snapper Fishing Derby at Captree. (Aug. 2012)

Chris Leonardi of Syosset took this picture of
Photo Credit: Chris Leonardi

Chris Leonardi of Syosset took this picture of his family out bicycling on the North Fork. "Nothing but the sound of the wind." The Leonardi family, from left, Spencer, 14, Jake, 12, and mom Mara, who put their bikes on a rack and drove out East for a 10.5-mile bike ride. (April 2012)

Paul Ferrara of Shirley took this picture of
Photo Credit: Paul Ferrara

Paul Ferrara of Shirley took this picture of his son Paul, 10, as he looks for birds at the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Ellen Dunn of Merrick took this picture while
Photo Credit: Ellen Dunn

Ellen Dunn of Merrick took this picture while watching a man painting the beautiful gardens at Old Westbury Gardens. (May 2012)

Joan Hogan of Westbury took this picture of
Photo Credit: Joan Hogan

Joan Hogan of Westbury took this picture of her daughter Jill-Marie Hogan, also of Westbury, on a visit to the Sculpture Fields at Nova's Art, Bridgehampton, during ArtHamptons. (July, 2012)

Theresa Magrane of St. James took this photo
Photo Credit: Theresa Magrane

Theresa Magrane of St. James took this photo of Rich Haggist "taking advantage of the beautiful morning golfing at Smithtown Landing Golf Course." (Apr. 10, 2012)

Naomi Edlin-Miller of East Northport took this picture
Photo Credit: Naomi Edlin-Miller

Naomi Edlin-Miller of East Northport took this picture of her 6-year old daughter before she "starts Thanksgiving morning off right with a healthy run in Huntington's Annual Turkey Trot!" (Nov. 22, 2012)

Edward Olmsted of Farmingdale took this picture of
Photo Credit: Edward Olmsted

Edward Olmsted of Farmingdale took this picture of Bob Hannan and Jack Welsch playing golf at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow in early February. (Feb. 1, 2012)

Keith Demling of Ronkonkoma took this photo of
Photo Credit: Keith Demling

Keith Demling of Ronkonkoma took this photo of cousins Nina VanZandt from Commack and Belle Demling from Ronkonkoma at the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove. (May 2012)

Timothy Butler of Sayville took this picture of
Photo Credit: Timothy Butler

Timothy Butler of Sayville took this picture of Eric Person, 9 and his son Jordan Butler, 9, as "they both proudly show off their targets following a successful BB-gun range outing at the Baiting Hollow Scout Camp. Eric, Jordan and the other Scouts all learned the proper handling and safe operation of BB guns, as well as competing as marksmen." (May 5, 2012)

Joe Abate of Island Park took this picture
Photo Credit: Joe Abate

Joe Abate of Island Park took this picture of Bubba Brown's Treasures store on Main Street. The store "offers a person many hard-to-find items when one visits Port Washington." (June 2012)

Lena DeStefano of Patchogue took this photo of
Photo Credit: Lena DeStefano

Lena DeStefano of Patchogue took this photo of Stage Door's recital at Staller Center at Stony Brook University. The Stage Door School of Dance Junior Modern Company consists of, from left, Amanda Matises, Melanie Haines, Leanna Bianco, Tatiana Cook, Kala DiGiacomo, Caitlin Gonzalez, Erika Naranjo, Kelli Pearson and Jocelyn Rey. (June 2012)

Elaine Harrison of Eastport took this photo of
Photo Credit: Elaine Harrison

Elaine Harrison of Eastport took this photo of her 4-year old grandson, Avery Klein, at the Animal Farm Petting Zoo in Wading River. (July 11, 2012)

Dennis Tommasulo of Huntington Station took this photo
Photo Credit: Dennis Tommasulo

Dennis Tommasulo of Huntington Station took this photo of Stevie Nicks in performance at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh. (June 29, 2012)

Ann Sharp of East Patchogue took this photo
Photo Credit: Ann Sharp

Ann Sharp of East Patchogue took this photo of her daughter Suzanne Sharp up on the board in her very first surfing lesson at Smith Point Beach. (August 2012)

Brad Berkoff of Commack took this picture of
Photo Credit: Brad Berkoff

Brad Berkoff of Commack took this picture of himself with his 7-year old son, Brandon, as they spent a hot summer day cooling off at Splish Splash in Riverhead. (Aug. 2012)

Judi Gardner of Huntington took this photo of
Photo Credit: Judi Gardner

Judi Gardner of Huntington took this photo of three dogs on a bench at the West Hills County Dog Park in Huntington. "We were all sitting around talking when three of the dogs decided jump on a bench to join in our conversation." (Aug. 17, 2012)

Brad Shafran of East Meadow took this photo
Photo Credit: Brad Shafran

Brad Shafran of East Meadow took this photo of his 3-year-old son, Maxton Sam, taking a break while playing miniature golf at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. (Sept. 2012)

Theresa McHugh of Nesconset took this photo of
Photo Credit: Theresa McHugh

Theresa McHugh of Nesconset took this photo of her daughters, Julia McHugh, 10, and Emma, 8, at the Big Time Rush concert at Jones Beach. (Aug. 8, 2012)

Donna Blandino of West Islip took this picture
Photo Credit: Donna Blandino

Donna Blandino of West Islip took this picture of her 5-year old son, Matthew, who "wants to jump all day" at the Brookhaven Fair. (Sept. 2012)

Kathleen O'Brien of Hauppauge took this photo of
Photo Credit: Kathleen O'Brien

Kathleen O'Brien of Hauppauge took this photo of her 7-year old daughter, Sarah, "waiting for the big catch while out fishing with Grandpa in Hampton Bays. Who says fishing is just for boys?" (July 2012)

John Clancy of Deer Park took this picture
Photo Credit: John Clancy

John Clancy of Deer Park took this picture of his son Dillon Clancy, 10 yrs old of Deer Park, at the Car Show in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow standing next to the car that was in the ZZ Top "She's Got Legs" video. (Oct. 1, 2012)

Lauren Mihalko of Mastic took this photo of
Photo Credit: Lauren Mihalko

Lauren Mihalko of Mastic took this photo of Andrew Lejman, back left, and Matthew Lejman, right snorkling and scoping out the fish near Montauk. (summer 2012)

Alan Mindlin of Massapequa took this picture of
Photo Credit: Alan Mindlin

Alan Mindlin of Massapequa took this picture of a "kayaker is dutifully escorting their swimmer on a charity swim from Fire Island to Brightwaters." (July 2012)

Kelly Villani of Ronkonkoma took this photo of
Photo Credit: Kelly Villani

Kelly Villani of Ronkonkoma took this photo of her 4-year old son Joey Villiani who "got a dream come true. With freezing temps, his backyard ice rink, which his daddy made, became the perfect place for a little backyard hockey."

A fisherman enjoying this beautiful and peaceful spot
Photo Credit: Theresa Magrane

A fisherman enjoying this beautiful and peaceful spot in Stump Pond, Blydenburgh County Park in Smithtown. March 9, 2013

Chris Reed from Medford took this photo of
Photo Credit: Chris Reed

Chris Reed from Medford took this photo of his children -- from left, Cameran, 7, Hailey, 10, and Lucas, 5, "having a great time at the Maritime Festival in Greenport. They were standing in front of the US Coast Gurard that was giving tours of the boat." (Sept. 22, 2012)

Barbara Lassen from Manorville took this photo of
Photo Credit: Barbara Lassen

Barbara Lassen from Manorville took this photo of picnickers at Raphael Vineyard in Peconic. From the left in front are Erin Nicholsen, 8, Lauren Nicholsen, 9, both of Eastport, and Delaney Lassen, 8 and Chase Lassen, 5, her children. (Sept. 2012)

Amie Schaming from Center Moriches took this picture
Photo Credit: Amie Schaming

Amie Schaming from Center Moriches took this picture of her 7-year-old daughter Abigail Schaming trying her luck behind the tractor at the Children's Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton. (Aug. 2012)

Chris Reed of Medford took this picture of
Photo Credit: Chris Reed

Chris Reed of Medford took this picture of his 10-year-old daughter Hailey "having a great time looking for rubber ducks from the huge selection they have at Goldsmith's Toys and Electronics in Greenport." (Sept. 2012)

Eileen Ortenzi of Bay Shore took this picture
Photo Credit: Eileen Ortenzi

Eileen Ortenzi of Bay Shore took this picture of her 5-year old daughter Megan riding the carousel in Greenport as the sun sets. (Sept. 2012)

Patricia Cunningham of East Norwich took this photo
Photo Credit: Patricia Cunningham

Patricia Cunningham of East Norwich took this photo of her husband Dan taking "a walk with his three children through the beautiful grounds at Planting Fields Arboretum." From the left, is Lauren, 6 yrs old, Owen 7 months old and Andrew 8 yrs old, all of East Norwich. (Sept. 2012)

Nelson Fuentes, Jr. of Central Islip took this
Photo Credit: Nelson Fuentes, Jr.

Nelson Fuentes, Jr. of Central Islip took this picture of Andrew Bobby Laux's 2nd birthday party in his backyard in Medford eating ice cream with his best friend Giavanna Laba, 2, of Holbrook. (May 27, 2012)

Jim Papa of Bay Shore took this photo
Photo Credit: Jim Papa

Jim Papa of Bay Shore took this photo of sailor Nick Loretta, working on the mast of his sloop, Papillon, in the Bay Shore Marina before an evening sail.(Aug. 8, 2012)

Laurie Ward of North Merrick took this picture
Photo Credit: Laurie Ward

Laurie Ward of North Merrick took this picture of her 9-year-old son Michael with a fish he has caught on a Cub Scout fishing trip off Freeport. (Aug. 2012)

Marie Palmieri of Long Beach took this photo
Photo Credit: Marie Palmieri

Marie Palmieri of Long Beach took this photo of her grandchild Noelle Marie Karahalis at the City of Long Beach Fall Festival. (Oct. 2012)

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