First prize winner: Alessandra of La Casita. This was a unanimous decision, so well done Alessandra. Here's what the judges had to say:
Ellie: "I love the way this picture tells a story - there's a life 'off-stage'. The Beatrix Potter book, the retro lolly and teacher's apple hint at a child going to school - perhaps the straw is for morning milk. The stylist has repeated the red of the straw in the other props - the cherries, the jacket of the squirrel on the book, and the red apple for the teacher. It's subtle, but this is what ties this shot together visually and I think it really works."
Jeska: "I loved the idea of this little package of simple items tied up with string that could make a day complete. It really appealed to my nostalgic side."Stripy pipes by Mindy Coleman.
Jeska: "I loved the way the straws were used to create a new toy in this one, so simple but clever."
Playstraw by Die Frau im Haus.
Ellie: "This is a playful shot, which toys with scale and presents the straws in an unusual, unexpected context. Its technically crisp and in focus, and I like the simplicity of this picture."
Ellie: "This is a really creative shot - technically brilliant - and such a simple but effective idea. It's a clever observation that the straws look like merry-go-round horse poles, and I like the stylist's sense of humour."
Thanks so much to everyone who took part - they are all such creative ideas, and I'm so pleased you took the time to enter! I've reopened the Flickr group for submissions (there are a few who missed the closing date) so feel free to add any more photos you might have.