Our first runner-up prize winner is this simple but very atmospheric shot from first-time entrant Stig Lykke Iversen of Virum, Denmark. Stig used his Canon Rebel XSi (EOS 450D) at 200 ISO with a shutter speed of 1/250th of a second. The incredibly narrow depth of field produced by his EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens at maximum aperture focuses the viewers attention on a single raindrop, and produces a restful, dreamlike property.
Stig wins himself an ATP Photofinder Mini, a copy of Adobe Lightroom 2, a SanDisk Extreme III 2GB SD card and a 5-in-1 card reader.
Our second prize winner is another shot of the boundary between land and water from another EOS 450D user, John Tullis of Nottingham. He shot the picture in colour, and then converted it to monochrome using Corel Paint Shop Pro. I'll let John describe it, since he does so more eloquently that I could: "We don't need to look far to see ends and beginnings. This photograph captures the constant rise and fall of the tide on Scotland's East Coast. It reminds us that just as each new tide washes up new sand patterns, shells and waves, so each new day brings fresh challenges into our lives. Just as in life, each time the low tide ends, and the new tide begins, they bring something new and unique. We cannot afford to sit still." John wins himself an ATP Photofinder Mini, a copy of Adobe Lightroom 2, a SanDisk Extreme III 2GB SD card and a 5-in-1 card reader.
Our top prize winner this month is another stunning shot from one of our most talented entrants, Csaba Meszaros of Leamington Spa, UK. Csaba has won runner-up prizes in two previous rounds, so it was only a matter of time before his photography and image editing skills won him the top prize. Says Csaba "This picture was stitched from two portraits: my 7 years old son and 67 years old father, reflecting on prime of life's beginning and end. This can be considered as a special self-portrait, as I'm their "average" in a way." It's an amazing picture, not least because of the close similarity between the two faces. Csaba wins himself an ATP Photofinder Mini, a copy of Adobe Photoshop CS4, a SanDisk Extreme III 2GB CompactFlash card to go with the two he's already won, and a 5-in-1 card reader.
Many thanks to all our entrants, and congratulations to Stig, John and Csaba. Don't forget that the current round of our photography competition is open, with the theme of "Long Exposure" and a closing date of February 28th 2009. Click here for details on how to enter, and the superb ATP, Adobe and SanDisk prizes on offer.
Finally, it has been brought to my attention that some winners of previous rounds of the competition have not yet received their prizes. Could anyone still waiting for a prize please email me at the competition address, with the subject line "Missing prizes" and I'll do my best to sort it out.