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I like how the monkey is a large enough element in the frame that he is the obvious subject, but there is some background to give him some context. He does, however, have a branch coming out of his head. Depending on your philosophy of post-processing, that might be a good element to clone out.
Technically, the exposure, focus, lighting, etc. is all very well done.
Overall, you have a good photograph, and I think your score (especially in a free study with almost 600 entries) validates that. What kept this from being a top 25 or 50, though was the "wow" factor. It is a picture of a monkey looking at a photographer, and while the title gives it a bit of humor, there is nothing that makes this shot stand out enough to push it to the high 6 mark. I am fairly confident that if this had been in another challenge ("Zoo Animals," "Eye Contact,") it would have placed much higher.
Nice work and best to you in future challenges.