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Share your photos of the Pacific Northwest – and of America’s national parks

Reader’s Lens: Whether it’s a scenic shot from your Methow Valley getaway or a peak moment from a hike up Mount Si, we’d like you to share your best photos of our beautiful part of the world. These can be spectacular scenics, wildlife shots or simply photos of your family and friends having fun in the Great Northwest. Selected photos will appear in the NWTraveler section of Sunday’s newspaper and online at, and will be entered in our year-end judging for reader photo of the year (with a $250 gift card from a local camera store).

National Parks contest: Through July 31, 2016, Washington residents are invited to enter their photos from any U.S. national park, nationwide, to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Recent photos are encouraged, but photos may be from any time period. Seattle Times photo professionals will select winning entries, which will appear in print in an August issue of The Seattle Times, and digitally on Prizes include a $100 gift card to REI for the grand-prize winner, and other prizes of lesser value.

See previous Reader’s Lens winners.

See the 2015 Reader’s Lens Photos of the Year.

A few ground rules:

— For Reader’s Lens, photos must be recent. Preference will be given to photos taken within the past 30 days. National parks photos may be from any time period, though recent photos are encouraged.

— For Reader’s Lens, a single photographer’s work will be featured no more than once every 90 days.

— No professional photographers, please.

— No image manipulation permitted outside of cropping and simple color correction.

— Complete information must be provided about the photographer and the photo, as requested below.

— There is no payment for use of photos. By entering your photo, you agree to our terms and conditions.

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