Seattle Times reader Terry Weiner’s photo of bears on the beach in Alaska’s Lake Clark National Park.

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Photographer: Terry Weiner, Ellensburg

Photo taken: June 27, Chinitna Bay, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska

Photographer’s description: “We were on a bear-watching adventure when we came across this brown bear (grizzly) with her two very young spring cubs clamming on the beach. Mom paid us little heed, but the cubs were very curious. Taken with a Nikon D3300 using a 55-200 mm lens.”

Critique: “The contrast of the mother’s not-caring face and two faces of the bear cubs looking at the camera while standing straight up make this classic nature shot a lot of fun. The zoom lens at 185mm really lets viewers see the rainy and wet details of the bear family on the beach. The overcast light making the water uniformly bright gray really helps our eye focus straight to the brown bears.”

AUGUST PHOTO CONTEST: ‘Dog Days of Summer’

For this month’s reader-photo contest, we’re looking for your best summertime photo featuring a canine companion. Your Lab fetching a ball from Lake Washington? A Bernese Mountain Dog toting a pack on a mountain trail?

Send us your best recent “Dog Days of Summer” photo, and we’ll choose a favorite to spotlight in The Seattle Times’ Reader’s Lens feature. A Canon photo bag goes to the winning photographer. Submit by the end of the day Sunday, Aug. 27, to seattletimes.com/submit-photos.

Share your recent photo from around the Northwest. Submit online at seattletimes.com/submit-photos (and see an online gallery of other Reader’s Lens photos). We judge the year’s best and award prizes every December.