Readers submitted 322 photos for the Post-Gazette's online Best Vacation Photo Contest that kicked off in September. The photo above of sunrise off Hilton Head Island, S.C., was taken by Shawn Wall, a software engineer who lives in Wilkins.
Mr. Wall, 29, was visiting Hilton Head this past summer with his girlfriend and her family when he shot this photo.
"I snuck out of the house around 6 a.m. and waited for the sun to rise while taking in the peaceful scenery and listening to the crash of the waves," he says.
Readers viewing photos submitted to the contest were able to rank each one from 1 to 10, so those with the highest averages rose to the top. You can view the full gallery of photos submitted by readers.