Your assignment

Each month we set readers a photographic assignment and offer them the chance to have their picture published on this page. Please send your photographs (preferably in print form, and with your name and daytime telephone number on the back) to Readers' Lives, The Independent Magazine, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL. The winning entries will be showcased throughout the month. Winners will receive a bottle of either Champagne or olive oil (please state preference). Photographs cannot be returned.

This week's winner

John Cross from Bristol took this photograph at Kanezawa station in Japan, while he was touring the country this June. "We were waiting for an express train, when this one pulled up," he recalls. "I didn't even have to get up from my seat to take the shot." The 38-year-old computer programmer says that what he liked about the image was "the contrast between the two people, and the sense that they are both waiting for the train to pull out".