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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.

Lynx, Denali National Park
“This was the most magical hour I’ve ever spent in the woods,” says Barbara Woodmansee, 50. The nurse from Gainesville, FL, was watching a beaver when the cat appeared. “The lynx sat just inside the treeline and quietly watched the beaver moving back and forth in the creek,” she says. Woodmansee moved to within 10 yards without spooking the cat, allowing her to get this intimate shot. The hike From the visitor center, take the 1.5-mile Horseshoe Lake Trail ( Nikon D300S 1/80 second, f/5.6

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