Seattle Times reader Victor Tom’s photo of a shaggy ‘everyhorse’ in a Snoqualmie Valley pasture.

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Photographer: Victor Tom, Redmond Photo taken: April 17, Carnation Photographer’s description: “The words ‘verdant’ and ‘bucolic’ describe springtime in the Snoqualmie Valley. And with Mount Rainier looming in the background, it makes for a quintessential Pacific Northwest landscape. I was particularly captured by the shaggy horse — not a fancy Arabian dressage equine but a hardworking, everyday farm horse. Shot with a Sony A7R, Canon FD 100-mm f/2.8 lens.” Katie’s critique: “This horse looks like it has a wise soul, due in part to the gorgeous light in this frame. It hits the horse beautifully, highlighting the whip of the tail, its shaggy hair, and the grass around it. I like that the horse is centered in the frame, going against the rule of thirds, as the curves of the horse and landscape make it visually appealing.”  

May photo contest

Love the Space Needle? Stars in the sky? Tall trees? The Seattle Times is giving away a Canon camera bag for the best reader photo with the theme “Looking up.” The winning image will be featured in Reader’s Lens the final week of May. Submit by May 22 at northwestphotos (write “Looking up” in the subject line of your email). And don’t forget to share other recent photos 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 of past Reader’s Lens picks.