Sweden Mountain Biking

Photograph by Dan Barham

Competitive mountain bikers John Alm Högman and Linus Sjöholm ride the slippery rocks at the top of the mountain biking park at Mount Åre, a popular skiing and biking area in Jämtland, Sweden. "John and Linus are good friends, ride often, and it shows," says photographer Dan Barham. "The trust built up over time means they're able to hit the trail closer together than normal, which made the close framing of the shot possible." This image won the 2010 Scandinavian Photo Challenge, a race between teams of riders and photographers to capture the best shot. "When the scenery's as beautiful as this, there's very few challenges," says the British Columbia, Canada-based shooter, who used a used Canon 1D Mark IV digital SLR and a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L wide angle lens. "Just f/8 and be there."