Soldier pic comp winnners 07 July 2006
The band pick their faves!

A few weeks ago we asked readers of to take their 'Is It Any Wonder?' sleeve or soldier promo card somewhere interesting and snap a picture of it. Literally hundreds of you got busy with your digital cameras and the entries came flooding in. We put all of them on a CD and sent it to Keane, who picked their favourites. So, without further ado, over to the judges' spokesman, Mr Tim Rice-Oxley...

Hello everyone. Thanks for your brilliant efforts with the 'Is It Any Wonder?'picture competition. You're a well-travelled and imaginative bunch!

The image of the downcast soldier is a very important one in the story of 'Under The Iron Sea', and it embodies several ideas that mean a huge amount to us. As you may know, the cathedral mentioned in Is It Any Wonder? is Köln (Cologne) cathedral in Germany, and so the simplicity of Simone's photo with the 'soldier' single sleeve in front of that very cathedral seemed very powerful.

The photo of multiple life-size cut-outs going about their business on a London street is great. For humour value, surreal-ness and the sheer amount of effort involved, we had to choose Angela's one too.

Thanks again to everyone who sent us photos - they were all fantastic. And, of course, thanks for your help in making 'Under The Iron Sea' such a success. See you soon!


WINNER ONE (wins a signed album)

'Outside Cologne Cathedral' by Simone Dietrich

WINNER TWO (wins a signed album)

'Some strange creatures relaxing in their natural habitat' by Angela Harding


'That's Venice' by adcerion

'On the coaster' by Amanda Hutchison from Vancouver

'Spanish cow' by Ana Belén Monzó

'The Soldier and Rose' by Dean Warren

'I risked my freedom' by Neil Smith from Lancs

'At Graceland' by Rodney Knolton

'Guarding a castle in the Norwich Games Workshop' by Ian Moore

'Coming home from HMV' by stsang

'An oil refinery in Alberta, Canada' by Imran Hayat

'Area 51' by Jennifer Warren

'Keen on Keane in my supermarket' by Barbara

'Three sad soldiers in the forest' by Luís Gustavo Coutinho from Araxá, Brazil

'Goldfish' by Emma Kersey

Thanks to everyone who took part in what turned out to be an ace competition. We'll have another one for you soon...
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