Over at "Geograph" one of my pictures was the winner for Week 4 in the 2023 Picture of the Week competition. 3321 eligible images were submitted that week so to come out as the overall winner was most pleasing.
There are no monetary prizes. No medals or shields, not even a holiday in the sun. Geograph is an amateur non-profit making photo sharing website.The only prize you get is to select the following week's winner. For Week 5, 2704 images had been whittled down to fifty by one of the site moderators. This was the shortlist I had to choose from.
In third place I put this excellent night picture of a shop window in Ross-on-Wye near England's border with Wales. The image seems quite surreal to me:-
In second position I put this photograph of a heron on the coast of Northern Ireland. I liked the lighting and the way the blown feathers look like hands - as if the heron is conducting an orchestra:-
Finally, the overall winner - "Mental Anguish":-
It is a quirky picture. The skewed horizon seems to echo the theme of mental desperation. The photographer is a Welshman called Alan Hughes. He has taken many wonderful photos in that part of Wales and beyond. This was his own description of the image: "On top of a small cairn on Southerndown beach someone has placed a stone with a poignant message. This beautiful, wild, forlorn area with its sheer limestone cliffs has several times been the scene of the last moments of people tormented by mental anguish. The car park above the cliffs even displays a Samaritans helpline number."