Seattle Times reader Ben Maund’s photo of Seattle’s New Year’s Eve fireworks.

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Photographer: Ben Maund, Seattle

Photo taken: Jan. 1, Seattle Center

Photographer’s description: “This photo was shot just after the clock struck midnight! I walked a full loop around the Space Needle to scope out the best location. I found this clear, uncrowded spot at 11:55, set up the tripod and waited. I was in awe as the Needle lit up like a giant sparkler!”

Critique: “Great job finding the perfect spot to set up for a longer exposure of the fireworks. The clean background of the frame really lets the action of the fireworks and colors of the Space Needle pop.”

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.