With such a wide variety of photos it wasn't easy to choose the winners this month, but in the end I was able to narrow it down to three. The first is this nice atmospheric shot from Philippe Roelants of Belguim. I'll let Philippe describe it: "This picture is taken at a cocktail party in Antwerp, Belgium, the LED light effects and big disco ball at the ceiling made a nice subject to photograph! This is one of my favourites. It seems there aren't a lot of people at the party, but in fact there where about 800. The people you see in the picture are dancing on top of a podium!" Philippe wins himself a SanDisk 2gb Compact Flash card and reader, and an ATP Photofinder Mini GPS picture locator.
I've always felt that the best advice in life can be found on the side of a matchbox: "Keep Away From Children". However some people seem to have a knack for taking great photos of kids, including Michelle White of Fremont, Ohio, USA. "I guess you will be able to put this in your "weird celebrations" section! This is a picture of the neighborhood boys at a local ice cream stand. The kids try and get us to go there about EVERY DAY during the summer. This pic was taken on the last night it was open for the season. I asked them to ham it up for me - I think they did a good job. It was dark out so I used my flash (Olympus E-500) and I thought it looked a little flat, so I edited it with Topaz Adjust to give it a little bit of drama. If nothing else, I hope it makes some people smile." I certainly did Michelle, and I hope that the SanDisk Compact Flash card and reader, ATP Photofinder Mini and a copy of Adobe Lightroom 2 that you've just won make you smile too!
The companies that send out our prizes will have to pay a little extra postage this month, because all our prize winners live outside the UK. Our top prize winner this month is Rita Kecskes of Budapest, who was also winner of a runner-up prize in our October competition. I really like this photo; it captures the mood of celebration perfectly, and it's beautifully shot. "The clinking of glasses was shot using two external flashguns and Christmas spotlights in the background. I used a cheap carbonated soft drink instead of champagne since I needed about a dozen of attempts since the timing was quite difficult." Rita wins a 2 gigabyte SanDisk Extreme III SD card, a 5-in-1 card reader, an ATP Photofinder Mini GPS tracking device and a copy of Adobe Photoshop CS4.
Congratulations to Philippe, Michelle and Rita, and many thanks to everyone else who entered. If you think you can take a photo as good as the one's you've seen here, don't forget that this month's competition is open, with the theme of "Ends and Beginnings", and a closing date of January 31st, so please read the competition page to find out how to enter.