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2013 Reader Photo Contest – Your Best Shots

For 40 years, BACKPACKER readers have explored the wilderness and returned with photographic gold. But we were wowed by the entries for this contest—more than 650 of them. Check out these finalists (and this year's winner), then go to to submit your own images. We’ll showcase the best entries in upcoming issues.

Cathedral Peak, Yosemite National Park
Josh Endres waited for six hours and through two thunderstorms to get this shot of the granite icon. “I wanted the sunlight low enough to only hit the peak, without creating distracting shadows on the surrounding landscape,” says the 28-year-old graphic designer from Yucaipa, CA. “I chose this spot for the foreground granite, which complements the peak and anchors the composition.” The hike From Tuolumne Meadows, hike 4.5 miles on the Cathedral Lakes Trail. Nikon D800 1/10 second, f/8

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