First Impression - the most important one: Way cool .. this is a woman .. and she is real! ... not only this but this is a photographer who hasn't done too much to the image.
Composition: I really do like this composition. I found hte crop took in just enough of the woman to let the viewer decide it was. My only thought is to the background - I think this is where you slightly lost out - it is quite bland (we all get told this at least once).
Subject: Meets the challenge and through even showing the poem meets it well.
Technical (Colour and light): I see no major issues with this - the lighting is good ... and the picture is well focused. I may have tried a little more light - just slightly from the side to highlight the definition of her a little more.
To grow its vote?: Think about the background - have a good look at the winners and take a little of what they do and try it out.
Summary: Remember to keep on shooting and enjoy what you are doing - or there is no point!
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Thank you for not using Neat Image.
Thank you for photographing a woman with natural, believable, beautiful skin and bones.
Thank you for this lovely, nearly abstract, very real image.
10, and added to my favorites. :)