Tim Seller,82, Incredible Sport Better Photography Magazine Photograph of the Year Competition 2015
Once again the photographer (in this case Tim Seller) has relied on simplicity to create a strong, powerful image. Simplicity comes from the framing and composition, the tonal range and the choice of monochrome.
The photograph could have been framed tighter, but I tend to think that very tight framing can make a photograph more like a record than a work of art. The extra space provided by the black surroundings gives the subject matter breathing room, so I am quite comfortable with the extra space.
The shape of the fire, creating a triangle of light, introduces two converging diagonal lines which are generally considered more dynamic and more interesting than plain vertical and horizontal lines. By introducing diagonal lines, either real (as above) or implied (using two subjects or objects which when you join them together, create an invisible diagonal line), you generally make a composition more engaging.
And there's just enough of the man and the skateboard to reveal who and what they are. You can also see what's burning in the background, so the photographer is teasing us to some extent by showing some, but not all of the story.
So what is it all about? Sometimes the most engaging photographs are those that ask more questions than they answer. We can tell the man is holding a skateboard in one hand, but it doesn't explain the raging inferno behind him. Has he jumped through the fire? Is he about to burn an old skateboard? Or is it some kind of challenge?
The fact that we don't know all the answers makes the photograph even more enjoyable to view.