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Saturday, December 22, 2012

2012 Reader Photos of the Year

HONORABLE MENTION: NORTHWEST FLORA AND FAUNA

Photographer: Russ Rockwood, Mukilteo

Photo taken: May 1, 2012, in waters around Port Hardy, B.C., near the north end of Vancouver Island

Photographer's description: "Octopus on the hunt. Taken while scuba diving about 50 feet below the surface, with a Canon 7D Camera, Tokina 10-17mm lens, Ikelite housing and strobes."

Judge's comment: "The subject matter is absolutely stunning. The skill and equipment required makes this an uncommon image. It's rare to have wildlife move toward a human, and the octopus' positioning gives the sense that its next move is to grab the photographer."