My entry for this contest: [link]
The thing I value above all else is this lake, or rather the fact that I have the opportunity to live beside it. I never take it for granted. Sunrises like this one simply magnify the beauty of the lake...
The second thing I value most is music. One of the most important elements of any music is dynamic contrast. The change in volume. The musical term for "get louder" is a crescendo. It is marked on a sheet of music by an elongated symbol like this: "<" Doesn't the pattern of light in this picture look just like it? And it follows the idea behind the crescendo as well; the light increases from left to right, changing the dynamic of the photograph with it.
There could be no better entry that I could submit to this contest; this image is a summary of who I am as a person.