Claudia Peterson, of San Jose, CA won for the third time this contest year with her first place Star Color Old Roses in Old Vase. Sam Shaw, FPSA, MPSA, this month's judge, says that "the first, second and third place images in the Star Color level of composition were so close in my mind that on another day one of the others could have come out on top. But today the winner is Old Roses in Old Vase. The image is like an old master's painting. Everything was carefully planned out and everything is in its place. I could not find a single flaw and I looked hard. The background has texture but not so much as to compete with the vase and flowers. There is an implied triangle with the vase, flowers and the fallen petals. The lighting is perfect, no extra light spots and no harsh shadows. This is an exquisite image."