Seattle Times reader Dale Johnson’s drone-shot image of the University of Washington’s famed cherry trees wins our springtime photo contest.

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This week’s Reader’s Lens pick is also the winner of The Seattle Times’ spring-themed reader-photo contest. The prize is a Canon photo bag. Thanks to all who entered.

Photographer: Dale Johnson, Seattle

Photo taken: March 19, University of Washington Quad

Photographer’s description: “A different perspective of the Quad. I was trying out my new DJI Phantom 4 quadcopter with a built in camera. I wanted to capture the cherry blossoms in bloom…Saturday afternoon and full of people enjoying the day.”

Katie’s critique: “Each spring thousands flock to UW to see the cherry blossoms and capture the beauty. We received dozens of cherry-blossom photos this year and this is by far the most unusual angle I’ve ever seen. I love how the gorgeous old buildings frame the image. The lines of the Quad add a cool element as tiny ant people enjoy the puffs of cherry blossoms. Drones are becoming more popular by the day and this photo is evidence of why. Great job of thinking out of the box to create a new angle on an ever-popular event.”

Click here to see Dale Johnson’s video taken with his drone.

Share your recent photos from around the Northwest at We judge the year’s best and award a $250 prize every December.

MORE SPRING PHOTOS: Below is a selected gallery of other reader photos submitted to our spring-themed photo contest.