Mel, this is fantastic, I love the pose she's in...I can't help but comment on this one, this just blew my mind away. I can't stress enough how awesome your coloring is, but I have to say it every time and I have to mention that I'm mentioning this again...(this is so tedious, but I don't mind because you're friggin amazing).
I really really like how the colors blend in together, and it really helps with the movement the direction you colored her in, with the flow of her hair and the colors used in the background...it just really emphasizes that she's getting into it and that she's really having a good time XD. You did a great job with emotion and mood thar.
I also like the nice yellows you used almost as another light source, it looks like there are light shining on her, and it really brings out the form and just variety in your coloring technique, it gives it a very nice look...I don't know, this is just excellent. *repeats self over and over*.
Hehe, good luck in the contest!
this is a great entry! Keep up the awesome work Mel, you're such a great artist.