I realise I have not yet posted a caption competition this year. I knew it was time for action when an academic colleague asked when the next one would be. The reception in December to mark the thirtieth anniversary of my promotion to professor at the University of Hull generated a good number of photographs, many of them candidates for the competition. This therefore is likely to be the first of several. It shows Ken Batty speaking at the conclusion of the reception. As always, the winning entry will be the one that in my view is the most amusing and fitting. The prize will be one of my recent publications.