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#52weeksofnature Photo Contest Week 35 Winner

The winner of Week 35 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Katelyn Schutte (@middleofwherever). If you're willing to put in the time trekking and waiting for the perfect light you're bound to end up with something special. Explore the Nature Photography Collective section on our site to view t-shirts of past winners.

Where was the image shot?
San Juan Mountain Range, Colorado

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon 24-105mm
Shutter Speed: 20 sec
Aperture: f/19.0
ISO: 640

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
The day before we hiked the entire area around the falls. We chose some potential compositions and then returned the following day for sunrise and sunset. This photo was taken that evening.

How long have you been shooting?
I have been shooting since I was about 10 years old and I am 25 now.

What's your favorite subject matter to shoot?
Landscapes and backcountry adventure photography.

Where would be your dream location to take photos?
The Dolomites mountain range in Italy is on my bucket list, along with New Zealand and Norway.

Who are some photographers that inspire you?
Photographers who inspire me the most are ones who immerse themselves in nature and venture out into the backcountry. Ones who stray away from society and easily accessible places. Marc Adamus, Ansel Adams, and Paul Nicklen are a few of many.

What excites you about photography?
The amount of diverse landscapes and public land we have here in the US. I work in the outdoor industry as a guide, and taking people into remote places and photographing their interaction with the landscape is what I live for.