September's Year of the Reader Photo Contest

Here are the ten finalists from the latest photo contest. Vote for your favorite to help us choose the winner. The winning photo will be published in Backpacker's September's issue and the winner will receive a Tamron zoom lens*.

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1. Cypress dream


2. Chisos Mountains, Chihuahuan Desert, Big Bend NP


3. East Shore of Oahu, Hawaii in early April


4. On top of Flower Gap in the Shining Rock Wilderness in Pisgah Ranger District in North Carolina


5. Foggy river in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee


6. Backcountry view in the Grand Canyon


7. Sunrise in the Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia/Florida


8. Humble beauties


9. Night view in the Colorado Rockies


10. Near Raven Cliff Falls in the North Georgia Mountains

Do you have a photo that tops these? Enter it for the next reader photo contest for your chance to win. Read the rules at

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*Each monthly winner will receive a Tamron 18-200mm Di II lens. Complete rules and prize info at the above link.