Nice application of effects. I would have applied the drop shadows to only the actual ropes though so as to show more of a difference between the solids and the fluids. Just a slight white edge on the bottom right side of the lower righthand rope. Try to use the much larger resolution image, which is provided, for any future contests as it will give you much more freedom with your overall work.
Thanks for the tips. I've taken on board your suggestions, and have uploaded a modified version of the image (using the full resolution size).
Congratulations, Shark - another great concept, chop, and another win. You, sir, are on a roll.
thanks NewsMaster. I've got a lot of time on my hands at the moment, and I love being able to divert some of it into photoshopping images for the interesting comps here.