Photographer: Steve Smith

Photo taken: Feb. 17, 2020, San Juan Islands

Photographer’s description: “On a San Juan Islands whale-watching trip for my birthday, we left Friday Harbor and soon came across an unusual sight: A Steller’s sea lion devouring a giant Pacific octopus! Shot with Nikon D810 using Tamron 150-600 lens.”

Critique: “While unfortunate for the octopus, the sea lion should be happy for a while. This photo captures a really dynamic moment between two remarkable creatures and it reads easily. Very cool! My suggestion would be to crop it a little tighter, coming in from the left to center our subjects. Thank you for submitting, and happy belated birthday!”

Below is a gallery of previous Reader’s Lens picks. Share your recent photo from around the Northwest. Submit online at seattletimes.com/submit-photos. Our favorite will appear in this spot next week. We judge the year’s best and award prizes in December.