Keeping with the international flavour of this month's entries, here's a superbly composed and wonderfully atmospheric shot from Sandipan Majumdar, who like many of our Indian readers is from Kolkata in West Bengal. Sandipan used his Nikon D70, focal length 26mm, 1/500th of a second at f/9. I often try to capture birds in flight in my own photos, because I think they add a dynamic element that can breathe life into an otherwise static scene.
Another nicely composed shot of a solo musician, here photographed by one of our regular entrants and previous prize winner , the very talented Steve Ayres of Shipley in West Yorkshire. Steve says "The shot was taken recently during the Sunday market in Teguise, Lanzarote. The Jazz musician was playing from the window of a great little tapas bar just off the beaten track. Once he'd finished someone else came on and the musicians just kept rotating until the market died down and all the tapas was sold!" Not one to muck about when it comes to camera gear, Steve took this shot on his Canon EOS 5D MkII, using his EF 24-105mm f/4 lens at full zoom, 1/250th of a second at f/6.3.
Few of our regular entrants can match the consistently high quality of the exceptionally talented Csaba Meszaros of Leamington Spa, whose superb photos have become something of a fixture on our winners list. Here's Csaba's take on this month's theme, which I'll let him describe: "With the help of the in-body image stabilization of the Sony A700, I managed to capture the jazz-orchestra conductor with the old Minolta AF 2.8/135mm lens at 1/15s hand-held from behind the stage. This is one of the shots from the series showing his performance."