Hear behind-the-scenes stories of picture-perfect images from Seattle Times photographers during this annual, free public event.

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IT’S ONE OF my favorite days of the year.

Seattle Times photographers, videographers and photo editors share stories about their craft, talk about how they create the photos and videos that illuminate our coverage, and project their great work on a big screen.

Some of those photos appear in this week’s magazine, our annual Pictures of the Year issue. And those, plus many others, will be shared in a free public event at 7 p.m. Jan. 30.

This year, that’s being held in a new spot — the PACCAR IMAX Theater at Pacific Science Center. Complimentary tickets will be distributed at Pacific Science Center’s north entrance at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Then our photo staff will tell behind-the-scenes tales, discuss what inspires them, maybe dish out a few secrets, share their inspirations and stick around to answer your questions. They’ll talk about capturing emotion, and truth, and finding the perfect storytelling moment.

And they are storytellers, and journalists. It has been a pleasure to work with our photo and video staffs at The Times, first as a sports editor, then for the past four-plus years as editor of Pacific NW magazine. I am constantly surprised, amazed and grateful when I see their work, which always far surpasses my vision for our stories. I know other journalists here feel the same.

Many of the ideas for stories — both in the magazine and in other online and print sections of the paper — come from our photographers. They are out there, in our community, always on the lookout for a good story.

On Jan. 30, you can hear how they do it.