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Week 43 Winner

The winner of Week 43 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Deb Townsend (@debtownsend). As the saying goes, the best camera is the one that’s in your pocket. It’s hard to believe this amazing photo was taken with an iPhone, but when you’re deep in the Yukon the landscape is second to none. Deb has won a $100 gift code to and we are donating $100 to the Surfrider Foundation in her name. Learn more about Deb below.

Where was the image shot?
Divide Lake, nestled in Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon. It's often referred to as "The Patagonia of the North."

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: iPhone 7
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 50

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
No special prep. We had a 22 kilometer trek to do that day. We left camp before dawn to catch sunrise from the ridge. The alpine meadows were still covered in a blanket of frost as we made our way down towards the tundra. From there, we trekked through the wild, desolate valley in the company of marmots and gray jays. With less than a kilometer to go we spotted the lake in the distance. After some boulder hopping we finally reached the campground. Socks off, toes dipped in the frigid water, I took my camera from my pocket and snapped this photo.

How long have you been shooting?
I don’t consider myself a photographer, therefore this question is tricky for me to answer. I’ve always loved taking photos though.

What's your camera of choice?
If I’m totally honest, the only cameras I have ever owned were an Olympus underwater camera, a GoPro Hero 6 Black and the camera attached to my iPhone. Like they say, the best camera is the one that's in your pocket.

What’s your favorite subject matter to shoot?
Most of my favorite photos are in the mountains with my tribe. It’s a place where I can challenge myself and recharge all at the same time.

Do you shoot with a crew or shoot solo?
I’m usually with friends when taking photos, but I sometimes venture out solo.

What excites you about photography?
If I’m snapping photos it generally means I’m out on some sort of adventure, and THAT excites me! Whether it’s photos of us ski touring, hiking, paddle boarding or mountain biking, it means I’m out with my crew doing what we love most.