Seattle Times reader David Neiwert’s photo of a leaping humpback on Haro Strait in the San Juan Islands.

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Photographer: David Neiwert, Seattle Photo taken: May 11, off San Juan Island Photographer’s description: “A humpback whale calf breaches in Haro Strait, on the western side of San Juan Island, with the Olympic Mountains in the background; taken from my kayak. I used a Nikon D300 with a Nikon 70-300 lens and stayed very close to shore.” Katie’s critique: “Wow! An amazing moment to witness. Perfect timing. I love being able to see the spray coming off the whale and having the Olympic Mountains in the background. I wish the whale-watching boat wasn’t there, just to clean up the frame, but it adds an element of reality. Awesome photo.” Share your recent photo from around the Northwest. Submit online at We judge the best and award a $250 gift card and other prizes every December. Below is a gallery including previous Reader’s Lens picks.