Best Photographer

Chad Harder

Readers' Pick

If you take a peek inside Chad Harder’s office at the Indy, you’ll notice it’s filled with an unsurprising amount of photographs. Nothing framed, mind you—just a bunch of 3-by-5s or 4-by-6s casually tucked into the windowsills or taped to the walls. Pretty typical stuff, unless you take a closer look at the actual images. There’s a group of friends balancing on some impossibly narrow and steep cliff line. There’s a helicopter landing who-knows-where to drop off some backcountry skiers; kegs fill the foreground. There’s plenty more, but you get the idea: In his own understated and fearless way, Harder continues to seek out the greatest spots in Montana, usually with some of its greatest people, and capture a bit of it for the pages of the Independent and Montana Headwall. Chad Harder:

Finalists, Best Photographer

2. Dax Kuehn, Dax Photography:

3. Corrina Spelts, Journeys Photography:

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