We asked you to hit us with your best shot, and that is what you did. About 2,400 amateur shutterbugs answered the call for entries in our annual reader travel photo contest.
Winner: Lisa Schwerin, San Jose, Calif. It was a lovely summer day when Schwerin and her husband, visiting his home town of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, drove past a spot that he remembered from his childhood, where a lone tree stood in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by grass and cornfields. When she snapped the photo, “the sun was setting, the lighting was perfect, and the colors were gorgeous,” Schwerin said. The 27-year-old auditor was taken with the way the sunset lit up the path through the field and how the image evokes the “beauty and peacefulness” of Iowa. “I knew immediately it was going to be a great photo,” she said.Lisa Schwerin