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Backpacker Magazine – January 2014

Your Best Shots 2014 Reader Photo Contest

Pouring over 500-plus photo submissions would be grueling work in any other contest. Not this one. Your striking images prove BACKPACKER readers explore the backcountry's best places, and have the skills to bring home amazing photos. Here are the best of the best.



Wind River Range, WY
Aaron Kraft

An annual trip to the Winds offered the perfect blend of sunlight-punctured clouds, rock-dotted tundra, and long, toothy ridges for Kraft, 32, of Jackson Hole, WY. Kraft did the Winds right, traveling a four-day, 50-mile on-trail/off-trail highlight trip starting on the Pole Creek Trail from the Elkhart Park trailhead (15 miles northeast of Pinedale) and returning on the Highline Trail. He shot this stunner on his final day, near Upper Jean Lake, while a moody sky hung over the Titcomb Needles (left) and 12,814-foot Peak G-17 (center). "I had to rely on a graduated neutral density filter to darken the clouds and balance the exposure," he says. Info Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 1/125 second at f/8

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