Well, this has been a fascinating salon to judge - some really creative and interesting interpretations of the theme. Quite a bit of humour on display too, which I really appreciate.
Petach - "blonde, tattooed, baited" - I laughed out loud when I saw this. A bit embarrassing since I was on a packed train at the time, and the screen on my 'phone is quite large...
Retow - "Fish market" - this is a story in macrocosm and a very strong composition
NathanCom - "My take on wildlife photography" - another that made me smile
Any of the above, on a normal day, could have taken the prize, but there was a stand-out winner from the moment I saw it.
ReD - "Portrait of Dementia" - a tremendously powerful and personal vision, that makes the viewer both uncomfortable and helps them to understand at the same time. It feels as if we are looking beyond the surface to the turmoil in the person underneath. Tremendous and a worthy winner.