Banana leaf - 43pts, Second place
Rex Kersley, Port Vila, Vanuatu Canon EOS 350D, 100mm, 1/6sec at f/8 This photograph of a banana leaf is from an ongoing series about banana trees, says Rex. The banana tree is a fascinating plant, and I wanted to show the stages the leaf goes through, from new shoots to ageing and decay. In its different stages of growth there are myriad textures and shapes, all of which offer different opportunities and challenges to the photographer. Judges say, 'The beautiful shapes and textures caught the judges eye.'