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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 backpacker.com/photos to submit your own images. We’ll showcase the best entries in upcoming issues.
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Matterhorn, Switzerland
Jeff Pang, 31, earns our top prize (a PENTAX K-30 DSLR) for this shot of the Matterhorn reflected in an alpine lake called the Riffelsee. The Berkeley, CA, computer scientist captured both the peak and the tiny fish by using a small aperture for greater depth of field and a polarizing filter to remove reflection from the foreground water. The hike From Gornergrat (take the train from Zermatt), hike two miles to the Riffelsee (zermatt.ch). Canon REBEL XSi 1/40 second, f/22

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