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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.



Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO
Skylar McCullough

No year-round rivers run through this sprawling dunefield in southern Colorado. But McCullough, 22, from Odenton, MD, found another kind of stream while hiking cross-country, about a mile past the summit of High Dune, in August. "My father and I were both amazed by the near-perfect row of prairie flowers in the middle of 30 square miles of sand," he says. "In other places we'd seen flowers, they were in random clumps. The orderliness of this row was something I just had to capture. How else would anyone believe it?" Info Sony DSC-HX9V, 1/320 second at f/9

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