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YOUR WORLD, THROUGH A CAMERA

What a group of intrepid shutterbugs we have living in Western New York.

The News asked readers to share some snapshots of their world travels, and you responded with hundreds of stunning photos from the four corners of the Earth.

Some were amusing. Such as the worker in the San Francisco seafood shop looking like he's sneezing on the fish and caught in the act by Jackie LoVullo of Williamsville.

Many of the more than 200 entries captured glorious sunsets or spellbinding vistas from the American Southwest. Venice, Italy's canal city, is a popular destination and is bathed in the light of the Mediterranean, making some of the photos look like a delicate painting.

Judging the photos was difficult, but we selected five winners. They earned free travel guides and complimentary passes to General Cinema Theaters.

A personal favorite was John Lagomaggiore's photo of a girl taken outside her family's shoe repair store in La Esperanza, Ecuador. Jonathan C. Koricke's street scene from Santorini in Greece is striking and majestic, to say the least.

Tom Giancarlo caught a scene in Yellowstone National Park that speaks to our hometown, and a rainy day in Venice by Donald C. Beck was selected as the best of the Italian cityscapes. Katherine L. Gerhardt's Colorado mining town had a uniqueness to it that caught the judges' eyes.

If there's a paradise on earth, the Hawaiian Islands are it or very close to it. Readers sent dozens of photos of the islands, showing the beauty and lushness that draw visitors to this Garden of Eden.

There were dozens of seascapes, beach scenes and whales caught breaching the ocean surface.

From Machu Pichu in the Peruvian Andes to the shores of Chautauqua Lake, you captured the drama, the colors and the wonders of the world. Unfortunately, all the entries could not be published, but the photographers should be proud of their efforts.

The photos can not be returned, but they will be available in The News lobby from Monday until Sept. 11 for those who want to stop by and pick up their entry. The lobby is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To all those who entered the contest: Thanks for the memories.