Reader Photo Contest Winner!

One lucky reader wins a Pentax Optio W80 for their next adventure.
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One lucky reader wins a Pentax Optio W80 for their next adventure.

This summer we asked you to send your best trail photos—and send you did! With over 700 entries we had a lot of favorites before finally picking a winner. Big Congratulations to Jon Barr of Boulder, Colorado, who won with this amazing shot of 11,870-ft. Mt. Assiniboine in the Canadian Rockies:




To get this shot, Jon says "I was literally standing in the creek that flows into Lake Magog."

It was worth it. For his stellar shot, Barr gets a Pentax Optio W80. Our testers said the camera "Fit perfectly in my pack's hip pocket and took great close-up shots" and raved about the photo quality the camera produces. The camera shoots HD video and is waterproof, shockproof and coldproof—perfect for almost all trail conditions. (Look for the full review of the Optio W80 in the March issue of Backpacker.)

Jon received the prize just in time for his next big adventure: Patagonia! Congratulations, Jon—we're all envious!

To see more of our favorite reader photos, check out our January Reader's Choice Issue on newstands now.

—Genny Wright Fullerton