PICTURES: Best Mountain Photos of 2009 Announced

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Best Photograph, Mountain Adventure
Banff Mountain Photography Competition


Seen from a high cave, a trekker pads along Ladakh, India's frozen Zanskar River in a July 2005 picture by Indian writer and photographer Sankar Sridhar.

Before it became an adventure-travel attraction, the frozen river was a way for Zanskar Valley residents to get to the markets in the town of Leh--an 11-day journey on feet padded to ensure no harm came to the sacred waterway, Sridhar said in a statement.

Today locals pray for the river to forgive them when spike-soled foreign trekkers pass by, Sridhar said. But the real danger may arrive on knobbled tires.

Some believe that, once an all-weather road reaches the valley in 2012, protective spirits will flee the river "and take the freeze with them."
— Photograph courtesy Sankar Sridhar, Banff Mountain Photography Competition
 
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