Whitsunday Island - 39pts, Second place
Paul Tomline, Cornwall Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm, 1/500sec at f/9, polariser This image was taken on a day trip to Whitsunday Island in Queensland, Australia, while Paul was on a year-long trip around south-east Asia and Australasia. He had taken several shots of the bay, but took this one as an afterthought just as he was about to leave. 'Using the telephoto end of my lens helped condense the perspective,' he says. 'I used a polariser to bring out the blues and reduce reflection, as it was midday and not the ideal time to take landscape photographs'. Judges say, 'Whitsunday Island is very popular with tourists, and Paul has produced a more abstract view of a much-photographed place. The people walking in the centre of the image give a great sense of scale. A superb picture.'