|Hello and greetings from the Critique Club-
Since I voted on this challenge, I will provide my vote and an explanation for it.
I gave your entry a 5. While you no doubt stumbled upon a gorgeous scene, it is quite another thing entirely to have a composition with a sunset that strengthens it (itís quite difficult, in my opinion). It seems as though you wanted to convey the greater scene and context a bit here, but it is somewhat incomplete because the water is so dark and the beach is non-existent. Surely, itís there, but it is completely obscured. The tree also does not feel particularly relevant to the shot, it not having a conceptual connection to the ocean nor the sky, which is compounded by the fact that it is a very strong element in the scene. It is so strong as to dominate and subvert the sunset, which is what you wanted your subject to be. A focus on the sunset itself as the subject would benefit things, in my opinion. It is also, of course, notoriously difficult to enter sunset photos here at DPC, owing to the laurelled history of the subject matter, so thereís that too. Not a bad shot by any means, but lacking something to set it apart from the others.