"WINTER NIGHT" by ALISTAIR SMITH; Grade: Acceptance.
This is a difficult photo to take, to provide detail in the flame as well as in the surrounding area. Using less exposure to bring out the detail in the flame and use other techniques to extend the dynamic range such as photographing earlier in the evening when there is some ambient light to show the surrounding area, or HDR, or combining it with a bit of fill flash or some painting with light where you use a torch to light up some of the surrounding area. There is lovely detail in the burning logs and embers close to the centre of the fire. You could make more of a feature of those if it possible to remove the near large log which is blocking us out.