*Third Place February:* The Show Must Go On London-based pro photographer JAMES ELLERKER, 30, didn’t take no for an answer to get this image of Norman the Ringmaster backstage at Zippo’s Traveling Circus. It was difficult to get access and permission to take pictures, but his persistence paid off. This photo won gold in the London Photographic Awards in 2007 before he sent it to us. *Tech specs:* Hasselblad V-Series 501CM with 80mm lens. Exposure, 1/30 sec at f/4, on Kodak Portra 160VC. Minor retouching in Adobe Photoshop CS2. James Ellerker