Hi everybody. I'll upload a few different trials tonight(Aus time). I'm actually quite fond of the subject to be honest, and I'll definantly approach the style again. I'll also try with just the girl and the balloon.
I'll upload a few of the other shots that are unusable in the competition, but on their own they appear to be quite nice.
First off, go with the one your gut tells you is best, not what me or anyone else tells you.
That said, I actually like the one without the girl. It's enigmatic. The fact that the story isn't spelled out for us makes it more interesting, at least to me. It makes me think about the image, and what it means, and that means I spend more time looking at it. The full shot is, to me, oh look, a girl and an unhappy clown. Next photo, please.
Someone suggested a crop of the girl and balloon, without the clown. It doesn't work for me, but looking at the image cropped that way makes me realize another reason I like the clown alone better: the expression on the girls face is weak, especially compared to the clown in make-up. It's hard for me to tell what's going on with her.
Take the next with a grain of salt, because at the moment I'm on a laptop with a crappy screen, but if you choose to use the girl I think the image needs more light on her face. It's too deep in shadow, and makes it hard for me to really see what's going on there.