"CHRISTMAS MELTDOWN" by MISAO ANDERSON; Grade: Highly Commended.
A delightfully simple and yet effective table top study. The subject fits the title very well and all of the figures around the poor melted figure add to the structure of the image. The lighting has been handled well and the depth of field works well to hold back the figures in the background. There are a couple of conflicts in this image. The strong vertical line in the centre, the reflection of part of the scenery and a small shadow just entering on the right. To minimise background base and wall conflict, use a base that curves up the wall to remove any appearance of a base / wall connection. In this case, the connection is between two walls, so another camera / subject position combination would have eliminated any problems.