Seattle Times reader Tanya Karwaki’s photo of a breaching whale in Southeast Alaska.
Photographer: Tanya Karwaki, Seattle Photo taken: June 25, near Ketchikan, Alaska Photographer’s description: “While I was on the beach the whale entered the bay. It was showing its fluke and I tried to take a photo with no luck. Suddenly it jumped out of the water. I aimed my point-and-shoot Olympus Tough TG-4 and came away with this playful photo!” Katie’s critique: “Wow! A very majestic photo that captures the perfect moment. The lighting is beautiful and I really like the texture throughout. The wide shot accentuates the scale of the whale. I almost want to crop out some of the clouds from the top to focus in a little bit more on the whale. Fabulous shot!” Share your recent photo from around the Northwest. Submit online at seattletimes.com/submit-photos. We judge the year’s best and award a $250 gift card and other prizes every December. Below is a gallery of previous Reader’s Lens picks.