With such a wide variety of entries, our prize winners are also a diverse collection. Our first runner-up this month is this excellent photo from first-time entrant Malcolm Tabberer of Maker in Cornwall. While some people may not like the subject matter, I don't think there can be any question that it's a really good photo. Unfortunately I don't know anything about the picture except that it was probably taken on a digital SLR of some sort. Nonetheless Malcolm wins himself a 2 gigabyte SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash card, a 5-in-1 card reader and an ATP Photofinder Mini GPS tracking device.
Our second runner-up is this stunning action shot from Csaba Meszaros of Leamington Spa, UK, who was also a prize winner in our September competition.
"This is a shot of a horseback archer, made with a Casio QV-5700 compact camera. The camera was manually pre-focused to a certain distance and the shot was made when the rider arrived to the focus. Usually I use a DSLR but in this occasion only my old pocket camera was with me. Compact cameras are not well suited for action shots, therefore I was very positively surprised that form a couple of takes I got 2-3 keepers during the show. BTW, these archers are incredible. They can hit moving and flying objects with ease during riding. And their horses were beautiful."
The Casio QV-5700 is a 5.2-megapixel compact with a Canon 3x zoom lens. It was launched in 2002, so proving that you don't have to have the very latest kit to take a winning photo. Csaba wins a 2 gigabyte SanDisk Extreme III SD card and an ATP Photofinder Mini GPS tracking device, as well as a copy of Adobe Lightroom 2.
Our main prize winner this month though is the very epitome of "Animals at work", this beautiful photo of heavy horses ploughing a field at Trysull in South Staffordshire, taken by another first-time entrant, Graham Chance of Oldbury, West Midlands, UK. Graham took the original photo on his Canon EOS 30D with a Sigma 18-50mm lens and an exposure of 1/200th of a second at f/7.1. He then used Photoshop to darken the sky, producing a striking and atmospheric image. He will have a chance to see what he can do with the latest version, because he 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 Malcolm, Csaba and Graham, 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 Celebration and a closing date of December 31st, so please read the competition page to find out how to enter.