During the summer Stuff Nation received nearly 200 fabulous photo entries in our camera competition.
From frolicking furry friends to sizzling sunsets to epic Aotearoa landscapes, our readers captured the best of the Kiwi summer on film, and it was tough to choose our three winners. But it had to be done.
Congratulations to Wesley Smith, Anouska Nelson and Stephen Patience who were selected as the winners.
This image was taken from the public waterfront of the little tourist destination at Akaroa on a very beautiful day.
Me and my family jumping off the wharf together at Robinsons Bay.
Early summer morning in Haast Gorge
My daughter Liberty (front) and two friends enjoying a muddy day at Titahi Bay Beach.
Fishing with the boys during sunset on a recent holiday at Oakura Bay.
Rob and Dean exhausted after a hard day's fishing between Pakatoa and Waiheke Island - we caught no fish and my two sons in the photo probably sum up the situation.
Luka is excited about the prospect that Santa is just a few days away.
Black Cat staff get up close to Hector's dolphins in Akaroa
Walking along Onetahuti Bay in Abel Tasman National Park - note how much the dads are carrying compared to the kids!
Maddi, 3, playing in sprinkler
Summer on a vineyard in Marlborough underneath a kiwi-shaped cloud
Granddad Vaughan visiting Hunter, 2, near Wairoa, Hawkes Bay.
After finishing two months of fieldwork monitoring the Stewart Island Robin on Ulva Island, we celebrated with lunch on the beach and a quick dip off the jetty at Post Office Bay.
An early morning fog on the farm in Waipukurau, Hawks Bay.
Agnes Lim bursting through the sprinkler in our garden and enjoying the warm evening sun.
Georgia, the labrador-cross, enjoys sunset in Kapiti.
Joe, Sherry, Ronny, Chelsea and Rhys make the long trek to a remote beach on Waihi beach.
A typical summer's sunset in the Marlborough Sounds
My family checking out the view at Le Bons Bay after a day of swimming.
Marianne Robson captured this windsurfer photo from her garden in Foxton Beach
Summer sprinkler fun in Nelson
Mallards in Dunedin's Botanic Garden trying to cool down...
Surfer walking on St Kilda Beach in between the old jetty suports.
Some flowers at Raglan during Christmas dinner at the beach.
Instead of filling the pool, Ruben, 3, opts to soak his big sister Mia, 9, with cool water on a stunning Dunedin day.
Santa jetskiing after completing his day's chores
A view of the sun through the lens of tinted sunglasses at Nelson Haven.
"I was enjoying an early Summer morning walk in Washbourne gardens in Richmond, near Nelson, with my boys when I took this photo of a flower just 'waking' up for the day."
Looking out over Wellington Harbour from the track to Butterfly Creek on Christmas Day.
"I recently moved back to New Zealand after 23 years away and brought my two dogs with me. I took this photo of their first trip to the Mount Maunganui beach."
Angus on a foggy Riversdale beach, Christmas Day
Oliver Nihoniho and his dad Antony Nihoniho at Waimairi Beach, Canterbury.
Lockie, 12, and Bella, 8, with their grandfather David, 69, in the Whanganui River
Divij and Dheeren cooling off the heat by splashing in the waves at Mt Maunganui
Jay takes in the beautiful Maruia Falls.
Christmas evening from Maungaraki.
Phoebe, 9, on the waterslide on Christmas Day.
Dusk on Waikanae beach Gisborne
Enjoying the ocean spray on the rocks in Manu bay, Raglan, New Years Day
A sunset swim at Raumati South after one very hot Christmas Day.
Kapiti Island shrouded in fog.
Boy neatly cutting a water-filled milk bottle in half with sharp sword at the Highland Games
Tumbleweed in Mt Maunganui on New Years Eve.
Samantha and two-year-old Ava enjoy the last few moments of the final sunset of 2012 at the top of Stockade Hill in Howick.
A day at the beach with the family.
Kayla, 10, at Castlepoint Beach, Waiarapa on New Years Day 2013.
Pohutukawas on Christmas Day.
Searching for sea critters at Omaha Beach.
Smith's picture of his daughter playing in a sprinkler in Nelson just summed up all our favourite summer memories while Nelson's shot from Mt Maunganui beach was simple, beautiful, and Kiwi.
We also couldn't resist Patience's picture of Pepsi the the Labrador with a tennis ball in Lake Taupo.
photo galleries of all the best competition entries here.
Two teenagers rowing out in to Mangawhai Estuary on a warm early summer's evening.
18-month-old Shamus Vincent Mole-Mitchell with the beach at Paraparaumu all to himself.
Muriwai Beach bodyboarding.
Ben Reeves - howz that???!!!
Krista Stokes, Lisa McGee, Erin Walker, Kelsey Bayes-Moke and Kate Keep.
Myself in a victory pose near Anchorage Bay.
Sunset on Airlie Beach, Queensland.
Lake Wakatipu - heaven on earth.
Hiking up to Wentworth Falls in the Wentworth Valley.
Craig Harris and Jenney Pettitt.
Ella and Toby cooling off under the sprinkler in the backyard.
Castle Point, shot with Agfachrome (AP-44 Process) and cross processed in C-41.
Me and my dad sailing a C-Class catamaran.
Levi's first Santa parade.
Sara relaxes in summer flowers.
The sunset at Plimmerton Beach.
My friends and a pile of milk bags, washed ashore from the Rena.
Ben being hit by a waterballoon.
Impromptu lunch break for the hardest working little Hobbits in Miramar.
New Year's Eve fun with friends at Port Jackson on the Coromandel Peninsula.
The beauty of Hamilton's recreational space
Hayden Smith souring out over the harbour of Whangapoua beach right on sunset.
Sisters Sara, Ruth and Rachel relax among summer flowers.
Jordan's big adventure at Mission Bay
Daisies on the touch rugby field on a sunny afternoon.
Caprice Stevenson's six-year-old son having the time of his life at the office Christmas party.
Roasting marshmallows over an open flame.
Chelsey showing off her trampoline skills.
Lila gets her vintage red trike ready.
What better way to keep yourself and a beverage cool than floating in a glacial lake.
My daughter relaxing on the beach at Tiri in the arms of a pohutakawa tree.
Summer view of Kapiti Island on the way home from work.
The first icecream - an essential rite of passage for a Kiwi summer
Kayaking others in Abel Tasman.
My friend's son Jimmy running down the beach. Hhe had no idea there were seagulls circling above.
Out for a quick dip along the foreshore at New Plymouth to cool off.
My son Zabian after getting his face painted,
My son Andrew and a friend, Krista, on Lake Ruataniwha.
A time honoured way to spend the summer afternoon, cooling down under the hose! Four-year-old Juliet Evans with her dad in Alicetown, Lower Hutt.
My son Corban at Mount Maunganui having some fun with white sand. We're from the West Coast and this is a treat!
Our Border Terrier Wolfie playing in the lake at Waro, close to Hikurangi.
Charlotte & Duncan Eggleston with their good friend Lily McQuillan-Reese.
Kyla and Elsie washing down after an afternoon on the waterside.
Brooklyn running in the sand dunes of Mangawhai Heads with a summer storm approaching.
Nic and Elyse - cocktails in the pool on a very hot day!
Logan Smith looking pretty in pink and about to do a good bomb at the Mohaka River last week..
Five children sitting on a park bench on Mt Kaukau, Wellington.
Ada's first visit to the sea.
Kirsty's feet and Opito Bay.
Sunset over Taieri Mouth in Dunedin.
Here is the hubby & or dog Mako "putting up" the hammock for the summer holidays! Its hard work I tell you!
Sunset over Wellington's south coast.
Christmas Day on Coromandel Beach.
Strawberry cider and summer fruits at Lake Okeraka.
Holly balancing on the hose.
The three winners have each won a
Samsung WB850F camera.
Thanks to everyone who entered.
Summer sprinkler fun in Nelson
Tumbleweed in Mt Maunganui on New Years Eve.
Pepsi the the Labrador, does a 'lab test' on how well tennis balls float on Lake Taupo.