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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.



Yosemite National Park, CA
Apurva Gupta

It's hard to resist the urge to jump into Nevada Fall, the halfway point of the 8-mile hike to Half Dome (via the Mist Trail). Gupta, 28, of Burbank, CA, framed this shot after the heat of the day prompted his hiking partners to take the plunge: "It made sense to be in the water, but it was my roommate's idea to do so in style." While the others were disrobing, Gupta readied his gear. "I kept the camera on continuous shooting mode and this was the third pic in the series," he says. Info Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, 1/160 second at f/7.1

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