|Greetings from the Critique Club!
This is an inversion? Never would have guessed. Very good exposure, composition looks a tiny bit top-heavy with the clouds, but the darkness of the trees at the bottom helps balance it out somewhat. Good conversion to b/w, some true black there in the trees and I see some pure white in the clouds but no vast bleached-out areas, with lots of great toning in between the two. Don't see any noise, and cropping it further wouldn't help in a wide-open spaces challenge. I certainly think it should have scored higher, very sorry that it didn't.
Still, it's a good shot, I do hope you keep entering!