In response to the incredible take-up for my monthly photo-challenge this year (I've now got twelve perfectly formed individual collections under my belt), I promised I'd do an end of year roundup showcasing the best of the best. Excluding my snaps, I received - and posted - some 163 photographs from nineteen individual contributors. Thank you so much to everyone for sending me your amazing images. Give yourselves a pat on the back (and as it's nearly Christmas, treat yourself to a small sherry while you're at it!)
So, in no particular order, here are the photos that did it for me this year. (I've been persuaded to do it all again next year: January's theme is detailed at the foot of the page - get them to me by New Year's Eve, if you can.)
Each of the monthly themes can be found here to put the images in some kind of context. And what better place to start than at the beginning. The first. Number One. Our good friend, Alyson, sent me this way back in January.
Rol can always be relied on to pull something out of his locker; often buried very deep. This one dates back to the 90s I believe.
Rob shot these surfers on his local beach. (Rob was new to Photo Challenge at the time and I'm glad he's stuck around.)
Ben surprised everyone with this one; not a single phone box in sight.
Just when you think the standard can't get any higher, The Swede enters stage right.
C, over at Sun Dried Sparrows, loves bees. Here's her bee-box.
Riggsby sees circles everywhere. His portfolio this year has been astounding. Here is just one of many typewriters he found this year.
I persuaded Jo-Shreeve to take part a couple of months ago; I hope we see more of her next year.
And finally, James. For our Splash of Colour theme in November he sent me this beautiful Icelandic waterfall.
What a set of photos, I'm sure you'll agree. I must admit it's hard to rank them - they're all brilliant - but I must confess, a couple really stood out at the time. I'd love to know what you think...
January's theme is favourite book (either of all time or recently read) and object*/artefact/trinket in your home. It can be anything at all. Either separately or in one photo, I'll leave it up to you.
All that remains is for me to wish you all Compliments of the Season. See you soon. J x
Who remembers 'My Life in 10 Objects'?