Seattle Times reader Tim Nicol’s up-close photo of a colorful, tiny hummer.

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Photographer: Tim Nicol, Republic, Ferry County Photo taken: April 22 Photographer’s description: “A calliope hummingbird. Photo was taken with a Nikon D7100 and a Tamron 150-600 Lens.” Katie’s critique: “This shot is gorgeous and so incredibly clean due in part to the lens used. I love the colors and how the magenta feathers stand out against the browns and greens throughout the photo.” Share your recent photo from around the Northwest. Submit online at We judge the year’s best and award a $250 gift card and other prizes every December. Below is a gallery including past Reader’s Lens picks.


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 (write “Looking up” in the photo description).