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 Our favorite will appear in this spot next week. We judge the year’s best and award prizes in December.