Year after year, our biggest contest proves that great photos can come from anywhere and be made by anyone. Once again, our editors were blown away by the caliber of the submissions.
This year, our winners’ locations were as diverse as their techniques, from Florentine snapshots to large-format landscapes of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. And despite their varied backgrounds and professions, all had this in common: For at least one moment, they captured something quite beautiful.
Sit back, relax and take a look through the very best images that you, our readers, had to offer in 2011:
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Landscapes/Nature (Click for Gallery)
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Objects (Click for Gallery)
People (Click for Gallery)
Readers' Choice (Click for Gallery)