There was a severe outbreak of travel envy as we pored over the hundreds of photos submitted for our annual reader photo competition.
To be sure, taking photos has never been easier. Quality cameras keep getting smaller, less expensive and easier to use. And the proliferation of smartphones and other photo-capable devices makes capturing vacation images even more possible.
Still, it takes an eye for artistry to frame a moment and convey a feeling – and the photos displayed here are stunning.