Peak Form: World's Best Mountain Shots
Lone climbers, stunning weather formations and alpine light grace the images submitted to this year's International Mountain Summit photo contest. They reveal landscapes accessible only to the most adventurous.
Mountains are places of beauty, danger and solitude. Often, their secrets are only revealed to the most intrepid adventurers.
The contest, which had the motto "Mountain. Lights & Shadows," attracted submissions from some 2,400 amateur and professional photographers in 98 countries. The photos emphasize both light and shadow, and feature "legendary and less known peaks" illuminated by "sunsets, rainbows, polar lights, stars" and other light sources, according to the contest's website.
The 3,000 ($4,102) top prize went to Frenchman Alexandre Buisse for his photo of a snowstorm on Chopicalqui, a peak in the Andes Mountains in Peru. Richard Salcher, whose photo of the Sella Towers in Italy's south Tyrol region also featured a snowstorm, took second place.
The third-place winner, hobby photographer Caillum Smith, took his photo in Iceland's Skaftafell National Park, dubbing it "Open-Eyed Dream." The cloud above the peak in the image hovered there for some 12 hours, he says.
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