Jerry Cahill of Tukwila caught a group of young raccoons goofing around at Westport.

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Photographer: Jerry Cahill, Tukwila Photo taken: Oct. 9, Westport Photographer’s description: “We were on a break in Westport. When we went down by the jetty we saw these raccoons playing. We watched them for quite awhile and as we did so they began to watch us and I started taking pictures. We were fortunate to capture this portraitlike photo. I use a Nikon DSLR camera.” Katie’s critique: “This tack-sharp family portrait is beyond cute. The photographer did a great job of getting in tight while also using the rule-of-thirds well with those adorable faces aligned along the top third. A nice moment with the right little guy sticking out his tongue.” 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 best and award a prize 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