In June, we asked Times readers for their best summer vacation shots to feature in our Sept. 21 issue. So far, we've gotten quite a response. Many of you have journeyed far and wide, but it's not just the places you've gone -- it's the people you've met.
In addition to visiting exotic locales, readers have also been interacting with locals. Here are a few of our favorite portraits readers have captured so far.
The early bird catches the worm
Though he had work to do, the fisherman stopped to take a smoke break, fish and scales waiting in front of him, and Rifkin snapped the shot with her
A window to the future
On a visit to Tanzania, Times reader Philip Jen Kin's tour included a very special stop: a Tanzanian primary school.
Though he likes photographing people, Jen Kin said it can often be a tricky business, especially when they're strangers.
"I find it always both challenging and intimidating to take close up travel photos of people I do not know," Jen Kin explained. "I am careful to not offend people by sticking a camera in their face."
"Freaks" and drinks on Coney Island
While there, Stern befriended one of the bartenders. "I began chatting with a woman who worked there for many years... She just embodied the character of the place."
"I found it so full of life and character that I didn't even step foot in
How you can submit a photo
If you're an amateur photographer (no professionals, please) interested in submitting a photo for our summer vacation issue, the deadline for submissions is Sept. 4. Please, include your name and city of residence, along with when and where the photo was shot. Photos must be taken between June 4 and Sept. 4 of this year.
Also, tell us a little bit about what led up to the photo and what you like about it.