Bozeman-based photographer Max Lowe has published work in National Geographic Adventure online, Snowboarder magazine, Backpacker, The Clymb and National Geographic Books.

A regular contributor to Explore Big Sky and Mountain Outlaw magazine, Lowe’s crisp, stunning images strike a chord: He has caught a Nepalese monk in quiet prayer for a photo essay in the magazine, lit up the Outbound Gallery with indie rockers Matt and Kim, and put his lens behind some of southwest Montana’s deepest powder snow in Cooke City, for this newspaper.

“People probably comment most on my work that they see with Mountain Outlaw magazine,” said Lowe, 24, referencing friends in Bozeman, Jackson and Utah that picked up the magazine and noticed his photographs.

The glossy bi-annual magazine focuses on life, land and culture from the heart of the Yellowstone region, featuring spectacular photography and in-depth stories.

“We live in such an amazing and unique place, and this is a way to let people experience it through the pictures,” says graphic designer Kelsey Dzintars.

When selecting images, Dzintars and the magazine’s editorial team review each submission, choosing an array from both professional and amateur photographers.

“We like to get a broad spectrum of perspectives, not any particular style,” she said. “We look for that ‘wow factor,’ and something we haven’t seen a lot before. It’s nice to get fresh perspective, and to give those that haven’t had a lot of exposure a chance to show off their work.”

With an annual readership of 500,000, the magazine is distributed in the towns around Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, as well as around the nation and in 30 other countries.

“Probably the highest value I take away from being a photographer is having people I know and care about on a personal level see my stuff and enjoy my work,” Lowe said. “It’s a pretty gratifying feeling.”

We are accepting photo submissions for the winter 2013/2014 issue of Mountain Outlaw. Find more information at explorebigsky.com/submissions.

– Emily Wolfe