Staying with a fire-related theme for a while longer, we come to this excellent shot from another regular contributor and previous winner, Steve Ayres of Shipley, West Yorkshire, UK. "This shot was taken at one of the well known Full Moon Parties on the beach, Koh Phangan, Thailand. They sure no how to party and the fire baton guys are amazing to watch. Given the available light (or lack of it) I was pleased with the movement and atmosphere of the picture. The expression on the guys face was an added bonus!" Steve used an exposure of 1/80th at f/4.0 on his Canon EOS 40D.
An unusual take on the theme of festive fire is this superbly exposed shot from another of our competition regulars, Csaba Meszaros of Leamington Spa, UK. Says Csaba: "The 4 candles of the Advent wreath symbolize hope, peace, joy and love. The lighting of the candles, which minds the start of the Christmas celebrations, was captured with a 5 second exposure." I don't know which Christmas tradition that is, but it looks great in Csaba's photo.
Jon McGovern of Derby, UK, sends us this intriguing picture, which he took with his Fujifilm S5800 super-zoom compact. I'm really not sure what's going on in the picture, but the stage lighting and costumes suggest that it's some sort of organised event or performance. Jon used a shutter speed of 1/45th and f/3.5 to capture the action.