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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.

Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia
Joey Priola, 25, a grad student from Fairport, NY, experimented with slowing down the shutter speed to get this fire effect while exposing properly for his friend’s face. “I asked him to stand next to the fire with his headlamp on, somewhat dimmed and pointed slightly away from my camera, so that it didn’t blow out the photo,” says Priola. The hike See a Dolly Sods slideshow at, then follow in Priola’s footsteps with an overnight on the Red Creek Trail. Canon REBEL T2i .5 second, f/5.6

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