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Your Best Shots: 2011 Reader Photo Contest Winners

Breathtaking outdoor scenes yield immediate and enduring pleasure: when you hike there, and when you share the shots. Just ask the winners of our second annual Reader Photo Contest.
  • GRAND PRIZE: THE TETONS Patience pays: The Lakewood, Colorado, salesman, 25, waited out an overcast sky at the Snake River overlook to earn top honors and a $250 B&H gift certificate. (Jason Hatfield)
  • GLACIER NATIONAL PARK: At mile 3.8 on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, the self-described "recovering musician," 46, came upon this perfectly lit scene of Grinnell Lake. (Rob Dweck)
  • YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK: This college student, 21, and his father d hiked 16 miles round-trip to the top of Yosemite's Half Dome and while dad recovered, Garner saw this peakbagging marmot. (Grant Garner)
  • ALPINE LAKES WILDERNESS, WA: Dense fog at Robin Lakes turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Becker enjoyed the peaceful scene—7.5 miles into the Cascades via Trail #1376.1--in a "whole new way." (Jim Becker)
  • KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK: Teen brothers Andy and Garrett Munter, from Sacramento, California, camped at Lake Reflection during a Sierra trek. Here, Andy catches Garrett doing a backflip from 44 feet. (Andy Munter)
  • EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK "The picture represents what adventure kayaking is all about," says Kale Dabling. "It's the ability to go places that one can't travel to on foot or in a vehicle." (Kale Dabling)
GRAND PRIZE: THE TETONS Patience pays: The Lakewood, Colorado, salesman, 25, waited out an overcast sky at the Snake River overlook to earn top honors and a $250 B&H gift certificate. (Jason Hatfield)
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GRAND PRIZE: THE TETONS Patience pays: The Lakewood, Colorado, salesman, 25, waited out an overcast sky at the Snake River overlook to earn top honors and a $250 B&H gift certificate. (Jason Hatfield)


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The trees are a little taller these days, eh Ansel?
— Anonymous

I would love to have a print of the pictire of the Snake River Over look. It would great over my fire place. Can you tell me if that's possible.

— Laura

Why are backpacker contests not open to us Canadians?


I would check the legitimacy of your winner. Not to say that it wasn't his photo, but I had that identical (possibly just similar) photo in color as my wallpaper about five years ago. A man named Scott Flaherty claims to have taken this photo. Type in Snake River Overlook on google and it will show up.
— Sean

Sad that whoever judged this contest didn't know enough about photography to appreciate that the "grand prize" winner is just a copy of a famous Ansel Adams photo. Talk about about a total lack of originality. Perhaps next year the winner can be a photo of "tunnel view" at Yosemite.
— anon

Sean, I did Google the image you had as a wallpaper and the winner's image is quite different. The sky, the position of the photographer on the overlook, the lighting, the width of the landscape captured (wider angle lens), and more.

As a note to the site programmers, the slide show isn't working on Firefox as of 04/15/11 (but is OK in IE8).
— Rick

Too bad the webpage has to reload every time just to go thru the pictures.
Maybe you need a new webpage person. Too much time.
— Bird67

I agree with anon, the winner is an Ansel Adams Snake River pic clone. Not cool!
— Stephanie

To Backpacker. Award winning photos of some of the most beautiful places on Earth and the best we get is a 3x5? Come on. You can do better than that. I want to see these full screen and then make them my wall paper.
— Craig

Would love it if I could see higher res versions of these photos; at least an "enlarge" button or something. Using Safari v. 5.1, so don't know if there is this option in other browsers.
— Dave


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