After receiving over 70 submissions (including six puppies and too many sunsets to count), we ranked, deliberated and finally awarded College sophomore AMANDA STEVENS with the top summer shot.

Only an amateur photographer, she snapped the pic — admirable for its dramatic color contrast, balanced composition and authenticity of experience — during a 75–day trip in the Chugach Mountains of southern Alaska.

What ultimately separated this shot from all others is its layering of subjects, capturing an incredible vastness of landscape without shrinking the impact of the silhouetted figures. Amanda’s dirty secret: it was taken on a Kodak disposable camera! Congratulations for clicking a button… and kicking ass.

Cheers to our runners-up, Ayasha Guerin (C '12):

and Marlie Winslow (C '15):

And the rest of the winners! [photospace]