PICTURES: Best Mountain Photos of 2009 Announced

 PICTURES: Best Mountain Photos of 2009 Announced
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Best Photograph, Mountain Environment
Banff Mountain Photography Competition


Striking "a beautiful balance of both spontaneity and redemption," a young woman plunges into the Trash Can Falls swimming hole in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside Boone, North Carolina, in a September 2008 image by photographer Eric Heistand.

Shown celebrating after the dirty work, the diver was part of a group Heistand--"a spiritual mentor for college students"--had organized to clean up the often trashed hangout.
— Photograph courtesy Eric Heistand, Banff Mountain Photography Competition
 
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