The frog was taken the first time I used the macro lens. I noticed the frog on the edge of my pot pond and crouched on the deck in the rain to take this. I loved the vivid blue of the pot and I was pretty happy with the DOF. It was on the front page of my website for ages.
I can't take all the credit for number three as Phil suggested the crop. This was taken on a Big Cat day with members of the Photographers Corner.
All in all, I'm really made up - I'll probably never have the guts to enter another competition but it was a lovely experience :)