Photo Gallery: Best Mountain Photographs of 2005 Announced

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2005 Banff Mountain Photography Competition

Best PhotoMountain Landscape: "Crystal Hills, Hohenems, Austria" by Peter Mathis of Hohenems, Austria

"After a very heavy snowstorm in December, I went for a randonnie [self-guided] ski up to the Hohe Kugel, a mountain not far from home," Mathis said in a statement. "About 50 centimeters [20 inches] of fresh snow had fallen. I came around a corner and saw that slope with all those tiny little hills and waves. Due to the low temperature, the snow crystals were extraordinarily beautiful. I returned to that spot several times over the winter, but it was never again like on that special day."

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Photograph ) Peter Mathis
 
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