Winners posted above. Other comments:
3dart, very nice. It's as though the little buds are reaching for life, and your focus was right on.
Pauly_G, I really like this shot. It speaks of the isolation of cold winter. I might have placed it higher if it was a little closer. Welcome to POTN!
ph.viny, you'll have to tell the story of this shot. I'm curious.
Carolys, this was a contender. It feels a little bright, and the angle is a little flat for my taste, but it was well-done.
Boutty, I love the texture in this one. I think it's the lack of depth that hurts it for me, at least compared to the other entries. I understand that you'd want to keep the whole thing on plane for sharpness.
Teekay, really cool. I'd like to hear about the processing on this one.
Grandadraymond, it's a very nice shot, but perhaps a bit too centered.
7kpulldown, the second I saw this I knew it was my winner. What great contrast and the theme is fantastic. There's so much detail and interest I could look at this shot for a long time. Welcome to POTN!
Sara, I like the patterns in this one. I wish I knew what I was looking at. It's driving my crazy!
IainB, what a great idea! You not only have a technically good shot, but it's quite interesting. It has good emotion.
Thanks, everyone. These are all great shots. I'm thrilled at how this contest turned out.