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2011 ExploreLI photo contest: Top 100

My daughter Amanda and boxer Riley playing on

My daughter Amanda and boxer Riley playing on a beautiful summer day. Photo Credit: drekick1/Dana Ettinger

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
Photo Credit: Photo by William Forster

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
Photo Credit: Photo by Jennifer Siebert

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
Photo Credit: Mike DiRenzo

Fisherman Tom MacAvoy, casts into the heavy surf well past sunset under colorful skies.

Leah Murnan took this photo of Karin Sabbeth
Photo Credit: Leah Murnane

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.
Photo Credit: Kerry Boyle Miller

Aidan on a slide at Marjorie Post Park.

While Scott Blom, 21, navigates through the salt
Photo Credit: Sara Kulins

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.

Sandra Jantzen submitted this photo of her son,
Photo Credit: Sandra Jantzen

Sandra Jantzen submitted this photo of her son, Andrew, 7, learning to windsurf in Napeague Bay, Montauk.

Coach John gives some advice to Frank Disanto,
Photo Credit: Trish Delio

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
Photo Credit: Nina Marino

Nina Marino took this photo of grandson Benjamin walking on the beach before Tropical Storm Irene.

Three boys in the green room at Splish
Photo Credit: Dan McDonnell

Three boys in the green room at Splish Splash in Calverton.

Evelyn Mack took this shot of her sons
Photo Credit: Evelyn Mack

Evelyn Mack took this shot of her sons Travis and Justin at a powwow.

Hayley Levy, 4, at Adventureland in Farmingdale.
Photo Credit: Mitch Levy

Hayley Levy, 4, at Adventureland in Farmingdale.

Julia, Jack and Charlie Harkins walk on the
Photo Credit: Maryann Harkins

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
Photo Credit: Ryan O'Rourke

Ava O'Rourke, 3, goes for a stroll at Montauk Point Lighthouse. (July 10, 2011)

Jillain, 2, gets the hang of apple picking
Photo Credit: Mark Portuese

Jillain, 2, gets the hang of apple picking at Lewin Farms.

Emily and Isabelle play at Frank and Dick's
Photo Credit: Michael Morrison

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
Photo Credit: Stefanie Driscoll

Stefanie Driscoll took this photo of Charlotte going on the carousel four times in a row.

Photo Credit: Marnie Gershowitz

"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
Photo Credit: L. Purschke

L. Purschke submitted this photo of Maddie Roehrig and her beach buddies on the beach in Westhampton.

Joe Pergolotti says
Photo Credit: Joe Pergolotti

Joe Pergolotti says "I just loved the size of the board compaired to James."

Ed Sekula took this shot of his son,
Photo Credit: Ed Sekula

Ed Sekula took this shot of his son, Justin Sekula, playing peek-a-boo at Bayard Cutting Arboretum. (Sept. 4, 2011)

Ed Jung took this picture of his son,
Photo Credit: Ed Jung

Ed Jung took this picture of his son, Bailey Jung, 13, canoeing on the Peconic in Riverhead.

Canden Grey Tanacan, 6 months, attends his first
Photo Credit: Karyn Tanacan, Karyn Tanacan

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
Photo Credit: Maryel Balletta

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
Photo Credit: Dawn Dunn

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
Photo Credit: Dora Summa

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
Photo Credit: Kim Mc Cann

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
Photo Credit: Denise McNeill

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
Photo Credit: Angela Pilewski

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
Photo Credit: Karen Glavin

Michael Koos doing a backflip off his skimboard at Robert Moses.

Aiden Patrick Ulceus, 2 years old, of Central
Photo Credit: lilivoryflower/Emily Ulceus

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.
Photo Credit: mkozak/Marisa Kozak

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,
Photo Credit: jmlivigni/JeanMarie Livigni, Mom

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
Photo Credit: drekick1/Dana Ettinger

My daughter Amanda and boxer Riley playing on a beautiful summer day.

Nina King,age 4, and her brother Nolan, age
Photo Credit: sskmontauk/Stephanie King

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.
Photo Credit: Neil Sterrer, 2011

Finalist at the Quiksilver tournament in Long Beach.

Grandchildren Ashley and Amber Danz having an exciting
Photo Credit: dottyski/Dorothy Kuskowski

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
Photo Credit: donamae/tim nyers

Sandy of bayville, enjoying her ride home, after a pretty sunny day on Oyster Bay.

My grandson, Dominic, at the LI Game Farm
Photo Credit: dancingrandma/Deb Koch

My grandson, Dominic, at the LI Game Farm

Sisters Haley Kurtzberg, 9 (left), and Emma Kurtzberg,
Photo Credit: know_it_all/Jackie Kurtzberg

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)
Photo Credit: LorianneB/Lorianne Berberich

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,
Photo Credit: mekikit/Christine Torrance

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
Photo Credit: cspringer/Christine Springer

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.
Photo Credit: an9650/Karen Bartolotto (Kaitlin's Noni)

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
Photo Credit: wemurphy/Bill Murphy

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
Photo Credit: TR11787/Tom Reese

Lots of fun activities at the lifeguard stand during Sunken Meadow's seafood fest.

My grandson Logan Canonico of Medford, 9 months
Photo Credit: christinehh/Christine Hopkins

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
Photo Credit: Photo by Karen P Carroll

At the East Rockaway fair kids get a chance to explore the firetrucks!

Zach jumping over sister Dana and cousins Connor
Photo Credit: joe3723/Joe Levens

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
Photo Credit: Luxeange/Andrea Tschetschot

Tyler Tschetschot age 4 running through the cornfield maze at Seven Ponds that was downed by Hurricane Irene.

Logan, 2 years old, catching his first fish
Photo Credit: logan09/Nicole Fiore (mother)

Logan, 2 years old, catching his first fish at the Massapequa Preserve.

Sara Jean Pepp, 3, of East Islip, posing
Photo Credit: ejpjr23/Ingrid Pepp, Mom

Sara Jean Pepp, 3, of East Islip, posing with a fresh picked apple in front of the sunflowers at Seven Ponds Orchard in Water Mill.

My grandchildren Sophie, Olivia and Emily Haines walking
Photo Credit: caleb63/Joeann Haines

My grandchildren Sophie, Olivia and Emily Haines walking on the boardwalk to the beach at Nickerson in Lido.

Peter Stein, age 4 of Medford, imagines being
Photo Credit: bugs11777/Katherine Stein

Peter Stein, age 4 of Medford, imagines being a farmer during the tractor show at the Suffolk County Farm.

Little Julia and her friend hard at work.
Photo Credit: melissapashayan/Joann Rossi

Little Julia and her friend hard at work.

The Long Island Mini Enthusiast's car club (L.I.M.E.)
Photo Credit: jamiesvideo/James Ross

The Long Island Mini Enthusiast's car club (L.I.M.E.) did it's annual Fun Run taking the ferry to Shelter Island starting in Nassau County. 20 antique minis participated at this event. The ride ended in a lunch at the Lobster Inn, South Hampton, but before that, I took this picture at Cooper's Beach!

Taken July 2011, my son Frank Disanto just
Photo Credit: jabd89/Jane Belowski Disanto

Taken July 2011, my son Frank Disanto just letting go of rope while he was waterskiing in Hempstead Harbor.Frank is 15 years old.

Rebecca Nyilas(4)of Cutchogue feeding a friend at the
Photo Credit: bookwormlynn/Lynn Nyilas

Rebecca Nyilas(4)of Cutchogue feeding a friend at the Holtsville Ecology center during our visit on 5/27/11.

Joseph Jones (Age 5) had a great time
Photo Credit: marissareneemk/Marissa Jones

Joseph Jones (Age 5) had a great time playing in the small play area in Port Jefferson Village.

Mommy and Justin at Bay shore marina water
Photo Credit: evelina/Travis Mack

Mommy and Justin at Bay shore marina water park

Gracie, 7 years old, at the Flight 800
Photo Credit: okon4392/Mom, Sue Okon

Gracie, 7 years old, at the Flight 800 Memorial at Smith Point County Park with the Girl Scouts in July, 2011.

Jack and Ava and their grandmother enjoy the
Photo Credit: kwangen/Paul Wangenstein

Jack and Ava and their grandmother enjoy the end of a Ducks Baseball game with Grucci Fireworks.

Eight year old Molly Skorobohaty enjoying the surf
Photo Credit: SandraS13/Aunt Janet Lambert

Eight year old Molly Skorobohaty enjoying the surf at The Swordfish Club in Westhampton Beach

I took this picture of my son, David
Photo Credit: JoAnnW/Jo Ann Weihs

I took this picture of my son, David Angelo Weihs,age 3 out cruising in his new Mini Cooper with neighbor Nadia Torres enjoying sunny Middle Island.

This was taken at the Senator Norman J.
Photo Credit: goalie01/Jill Sackler

This was taken at the Senator Norman J. Levy Preserve in Merrick, A group of seniors who reside at the Atria in Lynbrook and I went out for a tour of the park. We had a grand time riding around in the jitney for the 3 miles and learning about the ecology. One of the residents is centenarian Abe Shenkman (first row middle)who's come out with us before and has no trouble keeping up with the best of us.

My 4 boys playing in the surf at
Photo Credit: lizpit1/(Mom) Liz Pittelli

My 4 boys playing in the surf at Ponquoge beach in Hampton Bays Labor day weekend.

June 29, 2011 at LI Childrens Museum with
Photo Credit: jadelbi/Jennifer Jargo

June 29, 2011 at LI Childrens Museum with Jillian Jargo, 3

Jenn Vollono, 22, watches as the sun begins
Photo Credit: thatss0ofetchh/Angelica Bihary

Jenn Vollono, 22, watches as the sun begins to set off a dock on Fire Island.

Simone in a bubble!!! My granddaughter Simone Levine
Photo Credit: Photo by Sharyn Levine

Simone in a bubble!!! My granddaughter Simone Levine was playing with her bubble maker and I caught this shot while the bubble appeared in the view.

My son loves to flie on these swings.
Photo Credit: Photo by Kerie Stone

My son loves to flie on these swings. This was a perfect end to a great day on Fire Island at Ocean Beach. This is one of our favorite playgrounds at one of our favorite places.

My two beautiful grandchildren enjoying a day at
Photo Credit: maryannw7/Erica Westerlund

My two beautiful grandchildren enjoying a day at Jones Beach

This is Logan, age three, ready to go
Photo Credit: shorehil/Mother

This is Logan, age three, ready to go fishing off the dock in Blue Point near Corey Beach.

15-year old Kyle Torrance skateboarding down a hill
Photo Credit: Handout

15-year old Kyle Torrance skateboarding down a hill at Jones Beach near the Nikon Theater.

Erin Morgan and Luke Campbell after they surfed
Photo Credit: Liz Campbell

Erin Morgan and Luke Campbell after they surfed with surfersway- a proud moment for both of them

Baby Seal Born in May
Photo Credit: GaryK8/Gary Krone

Baby Seal Born in May

Four friends playing a game of Scattergories after
Photo Credit: gregfk1/Greg Kaplar

Four friends playing a game of Scattergories after taking a dip in the pool. From the top: Courtney Kaplar age 16, Courtney Bocchieri age 17, Mary Scarpa age 17 and Vanessa Chionchio age 16.

This is Eila enjoying the sun and an
Photo Credit: chriscav/Christine Cavalieri

This is Eila enjoying the sun and an ice cream at Eisenhower Park

Nap time on a lazy afternoon.
Photo Credit: joelobo13/Steven Hammer

Nap time on a lazy afternoon.

At a cousins reunion, I took this picture
Photo Credit: lorrainepicariel/Lorraine Picariello

At a cousins reunion, I took this picture of my four daughters while they were striking poses with their shadows

A paddleboarder is reflected on cottage creek in
Photo Credit: danielc19/Dan Cleary

A paddleboarder is reflected on cottage creek in bay shore

A live band entertaining us on Cedar Beach
Photo Credit: cksavory/Cynthia Keats

A live band entertaining us on Cedar Beach last week.

Max Gershowitz, 7 years old of Melville and
Photo Credit: Marniesara/Sam Gershowitz

Max Gershowitz, 7 years old of Melville and his fishing buddy Grandpa Sam Gershowitz of Southampton went fishing off Montauk. After reeling in a big one, Grandpa said to get real close to the striper to see who was bigger!

Teagan Rao, 4, get her wish: She wanted
Photo Credit: Meghan Rao of Islip

Teagan Rao, 4, get her wish: She wanted her picture taken with the beautiful flowers at Bayard Cuttting Arboretum.

Taken on the way to Kismet, walking the
Photo Credit: kmiskovits/Kerry Miskovits

Taken on the way to Kismet, walking the beach path from Robert Moses.

Kelly Slater surfs for the bravest and the
Photo Credit: twograces/Linda Grace

Kelly Slater surfs for the bravest and the finest...NYPD and FDNY.

Apple Picking Festival, September 18, 2011
Photo Credit: Photo by Benjamin

Apple Picking Festival, September 18, 2011

Lindsay Sheehan (22) and Michelle Racioppo (22)after completing
Photo Credit: racioppo88/Terry Racioppo (Michelle's mom)

Lindsay Sheehan (22) and Michelle Racioppo (22)after completing the 100 mile ride to Montauk on June 18, 2001. Started in Babylon, NY. As part of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training, we rode to spread awareness for blood cancer as well as raised over ,750 each for research and patient care.

Rebecca Rando (6 yrs old) having fun in
Photo Credit: mran379/Denise Rando, Mom

Rebecca Rando (6 yrs old) having fun in the water at the Jones Beach Air Show on May 29, 2011.

My girls enjoying A b103, a free summer
Photo Credit: Photo by Victor F. Gonzalez Jr.

My girls enjoying A b103, a free summer concert at Tanner Park

Night Shift. Police offer taking in the sunset.
Photo Credit: Photo by Heather Felice

Night Shift. Police offer taking in the sunset.

Contestants get ready for the Grand Entry of
Photo Credit: djkatscan/Kathryn Sederquist

Contestants get ready for the Grand Entry of the 65th Annual Shinnecock Indian Nation Pow Wow. This young man was backstage looking on as everyone gathered in preparation.

My daughter, Rebecca at sunset, Glen Cove, NY.
Photo Credit: Jonamacpro/Tracey Rennie Gorst

My daughter, Rebecca at sunset, Glen Cove, NY.

Ava Jurgen enjoying her day.
Photo Credit: moliveri15/Joanne Jurgen

Ava Jurgen enjoying her day.

WINNER: My daughter Emma, beating the heat this
Photo Credit: dgold61/David Gold

WINNER: My daughter Emma, beating the heat this past weekend in her uncle's pool.

Kiara Murried, 12 years old of East New
Photo Credit: pixiepat/Pat Cunningham

Kiara Murried, 12 years old of East New York and Keyona Spencer,7 years old of the Bronx, both Fresh Air Fund Kids along with Casey Cunningham, 11 years old of Lake Ronkonkoma on their way home from a Gilgo Beach surf lesson with Land and Sea Sports Club. This murals is painted on tunnel to the beach.

Natasha Cacic, 13, Starr Fuentes, 12, and Ava
Photo Credit: WestEndGirl13/Dianna D'Amico

Natasha Cacic, 13, Starr Fuentes, 12, and Ava Wolff, 5, did not let the overcast weather spoil their summer fun. They all enjoyed a day at the Long Island Children's Museum.

WINNER: Jordan Thompson (age 6) an active, young
Photo Credit: Photo by Jennifer Thompson

WINNER: Jordan Thompson (age 6) an active, young man takes out the family kayak during a day at Sore Thumb, July 8, 2011. His expression shows how excited he is to finally be able to go out on his own. He kayaked all day!!!

My Grandson Harrison 3 yrs of age loves
Photo Credit: MARTINW2/IO

My Grandson Harrison 3 yrs of age loves the slides at Hoyt Farm.

Jayce and Kaylie Joosten Make friends with the
Photo Credit: Bw22/Brian Joosten

Jayce and Kaylie Joosten Make friends with the residents of Fire Island.

My granddaughter, Talia Herbst and I (Anna Edelstein)
Photo Credit: aredelstein/Anna Edelstein, Grandmother

My granddaughter, Talia Herbst and I (Anna Edelstein) spent an August afternoon together and ended the day with sandwiches on the beach and playing frisbee.

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