This Is Why We <3 You: The Top 20 Photos From Our Instagram Contest!

Some people lament the fact that with iPhones and Instagram, everyone and anyone can become a photographer. But seeing all your submissions (over 4,000!) to our Endless Summer contest reminded us why that's a good thing — no, a great thing. Maybe the best thing. Even our own creative director Piera, R29's last word on impeccable taste and beautiful imagery, was wowed by your great work.
Of course, there can only be one winner — congrats, emmakatefoutz! — but we picked 20 of our top favorites. Number one will receive, as promised, a last-minute getaway kit curated by yours truly. As for the rest of you? You're all getting our signature "I Love Long Weekends" tote bags!
Consider this a formal letter of our appreciation. Readers, we love you all, and this is the best proof that you make us great!

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