Raindrop Tulip - 41pts, Second place
James Rowland, Kent Nikon D2Xs, 90mm macro,1/80sec at f/4, ISO 100 James, a 45-year-old graphic designer, has recently been making flower portraits with a twist. He brought this tulip into his conservatory just after a shower of rain. I think the water drops really make the picture, he says. I put a piece of coloured card behind the flower to add colour and remove distraction. Later he added a mask to give it a more textured look.' Judges say 'The colour is stunning, and the raindrops add interest to the petals. There are strong fine-art qualities to this very beautiful image.'