As I mentioned at the start, humour is always a welcome ingredient, and there's plenty of it in this shot from regular entrant Andrew Swan of Rugby, UK, who has taken advantage of the fact that when I said "Ends and beginnings", I didn't specify which end. And the bird was just taking off, so that's sort of a beginning too… Taken on an Olympus E3 with a 70-300mm zoom lens at 252mmm, ISO 100, f/5.5, 1/320s.
Full marks for technical cleverness go to Peter Hopper for this excellent photo. I'll let Peter explain: "The picture is called ‘End of the bottle, end of the night.' It is of three shot glasses, taken using a Nikon D50 and kit lens. One flash was used to light a white reflector as a background, and a second flash was bounced onto the front of the glasses. Post processing in done in Elements. Much fun was had using a remote to set a two-second delay on the camera, then dropping the remote, picking up the bottle and pouring. I was very glad I was using water."
Our final featured entry is this striking photo from another regular competition entrant and previous winner Steve Ayres, of Shipley, West Yorkshire, making good use of his nice new Canon EOS 5D MkII. Says Steve: "Taken just around the corner form where I work, in one of Bradford's less refined areas. Funnily enough it was one of the first pictures I took with my new camera, so an end and beginning of two kinds really. Obviously the image is converted to B&W with the double yellow lines masked out to produce the ‘colour pop'."