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It's a Snap! Best reader photos of 2011

Albuquerque, N.M.
Albuquerque, N.M.Andrea Ihlefeld / UGC
Clingman's Dome, Great Smoky Mountains National ParkGreg Park / UGC

Our readers have submitted some stunning photos from around the world this year. We often get hundreds of submissions each week, and it's very hard to select just a few dozen to feature.

In order to showcase this year's best It's a Snap submissions, we rounded up 15 that won a gallery vote throughout the year. As you'll see below, these photos capture brilliant colors, amazing scenes and beautiful angles. There are majestic mountains, dramatic Western landscapes, impressive bodies of water and even a few animals. Scroll through this gorgeous set of images and vote for your favorite at the bottom.

Horseshoe Bend in Page, Ariz.Aaron Keigher
Albuquerque, N.M.Andrea Ihlefeld / UGC
Iguasu Falls, ArgentinaJim Walker / UGC
Australian koalaJeffrey Bower / UGC
Chattahoochee National Forest, Ga.Peter McIntosh / UGC
Elakala Falls, Blackwater Falls State Park, W. Va.Harry Pherson / UGC
Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, CanadaAlex Sokolow / UGC
Kihei beach, Maui, HawaiiChris Carr / UGC
Prairie lightning in WyomingMichael Toma / UGC
Deer at Seven Mile Hill, The Dalles, Ore.David Bullock / UGC
Glacier Bay, AlaskaTod Carroll / UGC
Pelicans in ArubaMatthew Smith / UGC
Mount McKinley, AlaskaJennifer Blom / UGC

If you have photos you'd like to share, submit them for a chance to be featured in the weekly gallery by clicking here and scrolling down.

You can also join our It's A Snap Facebook community by clicking here, and share your photos with others.

Eds. note: It was brought to our attention that the photo of the Valley of the Ten Peaks in Banff National Park, Canada, may not belong to the reader who submitted it. Until we are able to confirm that it was published with the permission of the photographer, we have removed the photo from the post.