As I've remarked before, possibly the most consistently excellent of our regular entrants is the very talented Csaba Meszaros of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. Csaba has won our competition on several occasions, and seldom misses a place among the finalists. This month he's sent in this amazing shot, taken on his Sony Alpha A700 with a Sigma 10-20mm lens. At first glance I thought it must be a composite image, or at least heavily edited, but in fact it's a single shot taken at f/14 and 1/500th of asecond, and then converted to monochrome to bring out the clouds and the falling rain.
Another striking black and white shot is this entry from Leda Inga of Bangalore, India. It was shot in a bamboo forest near Shanghai, China. Leda used a Nikon D40x, shooting at 1/200th at f/7.1. The marks on the tree are messages carved by locals, presumably the Chinese equivalent of "sharon + gary 4 ever".
Another excellent monochrome shot is this street-level view of the famous Lloyds Building in London, shot by Wayne Shipley of Leeds, Yorkshire. Wayne used a Canon EOS 30D with an 18-55mm lens, shooting at f/4 and 1/320th of a second.