Our picks of the best reader offerings from the outdoors and on the water from 2017.

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Here are Honorable Mention winners in Seattle Times Reader Photos of the Year judging, in the category of “Northwest Fun and Adventure.” The photographers receive a $25 Starbucks gift card.

Photographer: Ted Forman, of Mukilteo, captured the ice-climbing photo above.

Photo taken: Jan. 11, 2017, at Franklin Falls, near Snoqualmie Pass

Photographer’s description: “I took this photo of a lone ice climber scaling the frozen walls surrounding Franklin Falls. Cold weather created an icy wonderland that was a wonder to behold. Taken with a Canon EOS 70D.”

Judge’s comment: “I loved seeing all the beautiful photos from those who ventured to Franklin Falls last winter. Great job by the photographer to use the rule-of-thirds but get wide enough to show the grand scale of the ice and still be able to make out the climber.”


Photographer: Tom Overlin, Renton

Photo taken: Dec. 13, 2016, Snoqualmie Pass (published Jan. 4, 2017)

Photographer’s description: “My friend Karen leads the way up to the top of the ridge at Snoqualmie Pass ski area. Our original intention was a trip to Lodge Lake, but the conditions were so foggy we could not determine the route with any certainty. Camera: Nikon D750, 24-70mm lens.”

Judge’s comment: “A bright pop of color is always so fun against a blanket of snow. Having that pathway leading from the bottom of the frame is great as well.”


Photographer: Jason Stowe, Bainbridge Island

Photo taken: July 1, 2017, on Bainbridge-to-Seattle ferry

Photographer’s description: “Jason Stowe photographed his wife and 9-month-old daughter watching the Space Needle pass by from the ferry. Camera was iPhone 6. Our family was on our way to see family in Carnation.”

Judge’s comment: “The photographer did a great job balancing the brightness of the outside light with the darkness of the interior of the ferry, which can be difficult when shooting on an iPhone. This just shows if you know how your camera functions, you can make great images. I love the symmetry and framing within this image, and it’s a great, tender moment. Lovely photo.”


Judge’s comments by Katie G. Cotterill and Colin Diltz of the Seattle Times photo staff.