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Our annual summer vacation photo issue is almost here. What will you submit for possible inclusion in our Sept. 18 issue?

Summer vacation is still on — and we’d love to see pictures of where you’ve been. For the seventh year, the Los Angeles Times’ Travel section is asking readers to share their best photos for the print and online edition of Summer of 2016 Photo Fiesta on Sept. 18.

You have to have taken photos between the unofficial start of summer (May 27, start of Memorial Day weekend) to its unofficial end (Sept. 5). That means, there’s still time to go somewhere, shoot and submit.

What do we like? Photos that show a sense of place, that go beyond the usual vacation shots. Images of people and spontaneous action will win kudos too. Pay attention to lighting, composition and capturing moments too. (Check out selections from past years below that made the cut).

Times editors will select the best photos for the Sept. 18 print and online editions to showcase in the Photo Fiesta.

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Laurie Galvan of Long Beach took this photo that made it into last year's L.A. Times' reader photo edition. She photographed the alligator at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Florida.
Laurie Galvan of Long Beach took this photo that made it into last year’s L.A. Times’ reader photo edition. She photographed the alligator at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Florida.
(Laurie Galvan )

Submit your photos through email with the subject “Summer Vacation Photo Issue” to travel@latimes.com (note that photos larger than 10MB will bounce back), upload them to Flickr or hashtag them on Instagram with #latimestravel2016.

Here are more tips to make sure you catch our eye:

  • Large, high-resolution photos: They need to be at least 1600 pixels wide and at least 200 dpi (dots per inch). Photos should be at least 1 megabyte; 5MB is ideal, but 10MB is too large.
  • No pros: We’re looking for talented amateurs, not professional photographers. If you make some of your living as a professional photographer, please do not submit.
  • No alterations: You can’t use a photo editing tool to take out or add elements. If someone photo bombed your shot, sorry, but you can’t erase him or her.
  • Summer 2016 photos: Photos must have been taken from Memorial Day to Labor Day of this year — that’s from May 27 to Sept. 5.
  • Deadline for submissions: Sept. 7.
  • What to include: Send your name, city of residence, date and place of photo and an email or phone number where we can reach you for verification. We won’t print your email or phone number, but we may need to clarify something about the photo.
  • Describe the photo: What’s happening? Who is in it? Please include the names of the subjects. What prompted you to take the picture?
  • What kind of camera did you use? Smartphone photos are fine, by the way; we love knowing that they can be used for great photography.
  • Agreement: By submitting your photos, you agree that The Times may reproduce your photos in any format.
  • Limit: Please limit submissions to no more than 10 photos.

Our highlights from previous years:

2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009


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