Seattle Times reader Raxit Kagalwala’s photo of a climbing group atop Mount St. Helens.

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Photographer: Raxit Kagalwala, Bellevue Photo taken: July 21, summit of Mount St. Helens Photographer’s description: “We hiked up to the summit of Mount St. Helens in a group of 20 people, including kids ranging from 10 to 18 years old. It turned out to be a beautiful day, with gorgeous views of the surrounding peaks. This photo shows our group at the summit, with Mount Adams in the background.” Katie’s critique: “This is a very fun photo with tons of texture and a breathtaking view. Getting wide and taking a few steps back on this shot is really what makes this frame. It isn’t the stereotypical we-made-it-to-the-top group shot and I think that’s why I love it so much. Fun and beautiful!” Share your recent photo from around the Northwest. Submit online at (and see an online gallery of other Reader’s Lens photos). We judge the year’s best and award prizes every December.   Send us your best bird photo — and maybe win a Baja cruise Through Nov. 20, Seattle Audubon and The Seattle Times are seeking your best bird photos. To celebrate Seattle Audubon Society’s 100th anniversary, we’ll showcase winning photos (taken in Washington, by Washingtonians) on Grand prize is an Uncruise Adventures Baja cruise for two (value of $7,990), plus other prizes of travel, camera gear and more. Judges will include photographers Art Wolfe, Gerrit Vyn, Paul Bannick and a Times photojournalist. Enter now (and learn more) at