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A combination of bootylicious Olympus camera in a twin lens package, an easy to interpret theme, and my own sparkling copy to enthuse your photographic creativity meant that last month's competition was the most popular ever. Yes, that's right, it was not only the most popular competition EPZ has ever had the pleasure to lay before your prize-hungry eyes, it was the most popular competition in the history of competitions. Well, those run by a photographic website. With an Olympus camera as the prize. Judging the compo was incredibly difficult, thanks to the colossal volume of entries, a veritable tidal wave of photography. However, after much ruminanation and perspiration (Pete has the heating on full blast all day), we are delighted to announce that the winner is Robert Ashby, with his picture of two horses in silhouette, frolicking, while in the background, two seagulls swirl around. Congratulations to you Robert, that coveted Olympus E-400 and twin lens kit will be on its way shortly.
In second place was Chris Calver with his shot of two deck chairs on a sandy beach, with late evening sunshine casting golden light over the scene, while fluffy clouds jostled happily in a deep blue sky. Chris bags the pixel-packing, pocket-sized pleasure that is the Olympus Mju 725 SW. With a 7.2Mp resolution and a range of attractive colours, photo-frolics are never far away.
A very close third, that was only separated from the runner-up in the office by an intense bout of rock-paper-scissors between those championing each picture, was the picture of a woman, holding a picture of herself, then looking through a hole in it. Very creative. Well done to EPZ user begemot, otherwise known as Katya Evdokimova. A colossal 2Gb x-D Picture Card memory card is your prize, and if your camera doesn't take those, well, you can always flog it on e-Bay.
And finally, in fourth place, receiving a 1Gb x-D Picture Card,, is Gareth Partington for his double headed, carnival freak image. Gareth cleverly heeded the introduction to the competition which railed against the foolishness of the two heads are better than one adage, and turn that onto its head. Heads that is. His gory, and rather disturbing, double headed portrait appealed to the deep-rooted, ghoulish sensitivities of the editorial team.
Well done to those who were short listed from the colossal number of entries. You should feel extremely pleased with yourselves for being highlighted over all those other entries. And just a tad bitter that some other lucky fools managed to sneak in ahead and bag the actual prizes. Now, on to the new competition, it's all about food!