|Greetings from the Critique Club!
I love the tones in this image, you have caught twilight very well. The light texture and ripples in the clouds, the pastels are wonderful, and they contrast perfectly with the darkness and heavy cracks in the dry mud. The reflections in standing pools of water are great too.
So why didn't DPC voters, infamous for loving landscapes/seascapes/sunsets in their Free Studies, vote this image higher? From my own experience here, there are three key reasons:
1) Portrait orientation for a landscape. Not for nothing is horizontal orientation often called 'landscape'!
2) Tied into that...often voters look at images on a phone or device, and must scroll down in order to see the full picture, and lose some of the impact of the image that way. And most importantly...
3) Though a lovely setting...it's a very static shot with no true focal point to draw the eye. Even just one person caught walking through the frame would help unite that lovely sky with the foreground, tie it all together, give a sense of scale to the image and interest.
Hope this has been useful,