Photographer: Chris Picard, Seattle
Photo taken: Oct. 30, Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival, Seattle Center
Photographer's description: "I was inspired by [Seattle Times photographer] Alan Berner's photos of Aztec dancers at the Center last year. I love his work. So I ventured down to the Mexican festival and came away with this shot. Taken with a Nikon D300 using an 80x400 mm lens."
Expert says: "Great colors, nice composition and a wonderful inclusion of our community's diversity are the attributes here. When I opened this image, it closely reflected photojournalist Alan Berner's work. From daily happenings to special events, Berner's artistic vision gives our readers a unique visual report. You accomplished the same by finding the subject's important portions and cropping to leave the rest to imagination."
— Kevin Fujii, Seattle Times picture editor