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Backpacker Magazine – January 2014

Your Best Shots 2014 Reader Photo Contest

Pouring over 500-plus photo submissions would be grueling work in any other contest. Not this one. Your striking images prove BACKPACKER readers explore the backcountry's best places, and have the skills to bring home amazing photos. Here are the best of the best.



Winner:
Butte Creek Forest, OR
Krysta Van Patten

No signs point to 92-foot-tall Abiqua Falls, which makes for less crowded viewing for those in the know. Van Patten, 27, of Portland, OR, was following her husband along the .4-mile trail to the falls, when, "I turned the corner to find him standing in front of this dominating waterfall and shot this photo." Van Patten used a relatively open aperture to blur the foreground, create a natural frame around the falls, and utterly nail the composition. Info Nikon D3000, 1/60 second at f/5.6

Krysta Van Patten wins a Tamron 18-270mm TMAll-In-OneTM 15x Zoom Lens for this beautiful image.

Click "3" to see the next finalist.

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