Photographer: Marc Deaver

Photo taken: Aug. 10, 2020, Olympic National Park

Photographer’s description: “While enjoying a beautiful drive through Olympic National Park, we encountered this black bear and her cub. I was using a 150-600 mm lens, so I was able to keep my distance, but the little cub seemed pretty curious about what I was up to. Shot with a Nikon D850.”

Critique: “Congratulations for making the cut once again. This time around, you’ve shared a neat photo of these two bears going about their business. The cub is certainly seeming curious — and the eye contact is what made this photo special for me. The lighting and focus are great, and the backdrop gives us a sense of place without being distracting. My brain wants to rotate this clockwise ever so slightly in order to level the horizon, but mostly I’m just happy to look a bear cub in the face. Thanks for sharing.”

Below is a gallery of previous Reader’s Lens picks. Share your recent photo from around the Northwest. Submit online at seattletimes.com/submit-photos. Our favorite will appear in this spot next week. We judge the year’s best and award prizes in December.