Readers, you submitted nearly 6,000 entries to the Your Best Summer Vacation Photos of 2013 Contest, and we loved them all. From postcard-worthy beach scenes that made us swoon to stunning shots of wildlife in action, your memories live on past the long, lazy days of summer. We got so many inspirational photos that it was hard to choose just a few, so take a spin through the submission gallery to see them all.
And many congratulations to our winner, Karen Grubb, who received a $1,500 credit for airfare from Air New Zealand, plus the coveted cover-shot spot. Although Iceland is a not-so-balmy destination, we love how her photo captures the spirit of wanderlust and summertime whimsy.
Karen says of her photo, "This photo from Budir, Iceland, was inspired by Sigur Ros' documentary Heima. It was a dream of mine to visit the country since seeing the film. One of the final scenes shows a group of children flying red kites. This photo pays homage to that film. Shot on iPhone 4s."
Click through this gallery to see our honorable mentions, and if you need some photographic inspiration of your own, check out the Air New Zealand-sponsored photo gallery 11 Things You Can Only Do in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific.
And thanks to all our contributors!