The October theme of our digital photography competition was "Lines and Circles", a deliberately abstract theme that was open to interpretation and imagination. As expected we received a wide variety of entries interpreting the theme in every way, from the literal to the surreal. Once again the quality of the entries was extremely high, with only one or two really poor entries. This, and the wide variety of styles and approaches, made this a particularly difficult round to judge, but we've managed to narrow it down to the best fifteen, including our three prize winners.
Of the literal interpretations of our theme, the most prosaic is this nice simple still life composition from Bruno Lionac of Le Havre, France, for whom "lines and circles" brings back memories of primary school. He took the shot using his Olympus E-3, with a 12-60mm zoom lens and an exposure of 1/4 sec. at f/22 using natural light.
Another literal view of lines and circles comes from Andrew Swan of Rugby, UK, who was also a finalist in our August and September competitions. This cross-section of a tree from his garden clearly shows the annual growth rings. Andrew is another Olympus E-3 user, this time with a 14-54mm zoom lens and an exposure of 0.8 seconds at f/8.
Continuing the literal theme, Mark Liebenberg of Chorley, Lancashire sent us this beautifully coloured shot of large circular hay bales on a farm near Leyland, taken in warm low-angled light of the late afternoon sun. Mark has used his Canon EOS 400D with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens, and an exposure of 1/125th sec at f/22.