Well, I said in announcing the finalists that choosing them was getting harder and harder. Many of you commenting while voting that it is indeed getting very hard to vote, as the standard is so high across the board (thank you for those comments - they're appreciated).
The voting was extremely close - every finalists attracted numerous votes, but in the end it was two images that attracted the most attention - outstanding images even amongst the excellent set we had to chose from.
For the second month in a row, we could not separate the top two images, and as a result we again have a tie! The joint winners of the December 09 Challenge - At the Beach
- sincere congratulations to you both!!
Here are the winning images: