|Hello from the Critique Club,
First, let me welcome you to DPC and congratulate you on entering your first challenge. Now for the critique. My first impression when I voted on this image was that it met the Bokeh requirement of the challenge but it was a very busy looking image. What I mean by busy is that my eye kept looking all around the image to find a place to focus on. Although there is a sharply focused object in the front of the picture, the size of the out of focus object in the background is much larger and kept pulling my eyes away from the in focus object. What this means is that the bokeh in background causes a distraction instead of enhancing the main subject, which was part of the challenge description. This really hurt your score, as the voters were really looking for a soft, pleasing bokeh in this challenge.
Your black and white conversion is nicely done and provides a good range of contrast in this image. If you enjoy black and white images, I suggest you read the B&W tutorial under the Learn drop down menu. It shows several ways to convert to B&W and discusses the pro's and con's for each.
Feel free to PM me if you have any questions regarding this critique.