I was one of those that voted for the eventual winner as my 1st place selection.
I thought the framing, balance, and content were perfect. And the theme... the reflective properties of water... was extremely well done.
I also voted for other images for other places. I really liked Rex's 3rd showing the droplets of water; that took a good degree of technical expertise and execution to pull off successfully and he did. I also liked Faldraxs' first entry, "About to blow", showing TWO phases of water... liquid and steam... well lit, perfectly framed composition.
Alans' 3rd image... another study of reflections... was also beautifully captured. And Franks' 4th entry showing the dabbling duck represented water as a habitat that provides sustenance and safety.
I thought the entries all had merit, both artistically and from a technical point of view... and the winner was the pick of the bunch.