Congratulation, well deserved win!
It's a pity you've removed your first photo. Our comments help you (...maybe) to make a better image and help us to see if our suggestions were good or not. Anyway, as I've written for your first image, this is a very nice photo.
I agree with Calboy87. My photo had 11 comments while I hardly tried to comment at my best almost all of them (considering my amatorial photographic knowledge and my poor english). Anyway I agree with Patty Capps: this one has been one of the most "challenging" challenge for me too. I personally thank the hosts for giving us the oportunity to share our ideas and improve our photografic skills together....... By the way, I hope to have written something understandable!
For sure this is an intense and dramatic shot but, if you'll forgive my criticism, it's difficult to find some "interesting and not annoying" negative space here. Thinking outside the box, after having leveled the horizon and cropped the two figures at the top left of the image, I would have burned all the image very dark except for the lady and the tombstone where she's leaning on. Then I would have increased the contrast of the subjects (woman and tombstone) so that only almost the silouettes would have been visible. At last I would have converted it black and white and applied some soft-focus (or blurring) for increasing the mood... well this is a very personal vision on what I would have tried to do to use this otherwise good picture here.
Simple and elegant at the same time. Maybe not the best but surely one of the most pleasant for me.
What can I say? Your first picture composition with the improvement made to this one, would have been almost perfect to me.
I like the composition very much. IMO the noise reduction and sharpness should be applied just a little for not losing the ancient look of the image. From my point of view, I would have changed the angle of illumination so that it would follow more the diagonal of the picture (mantaining the characteristic of the actual light source). IMO, doing so, you should obtain a smoother gradient from left to right and less empty dark space on the right... who knows!
It looks better than the first one, but it seems to me that the subject (the scenery) it's somehow dumped by the negative space (the wall). In your first attempt I thought that the "dullness" could be resolved dodging the wall, now I realize that perhaps it would have been better to do the opposite... but maybe you've already tryed it.
It's a very original and nice shot! I agree with Patty for a better centering and maybe you should also level the cup (it doesn't seem to be horizontal). You can give a try to move the cup with the coloured line to the left leaving some empty space to the upper right of the frame. It's only a matter of how the composition pleases the look.
Well, as the others said, you should decide what you want the "positive space" (city or planets) here to be and then crop the "negative space" so that it would fit and enhance the subject. Personally I don't like texts and watermarks on a photo, they're distracting.
IMO, without the watermark this picture is much better but it seems that after the removing, you left a sort of shadow at its place...
This beautiful portrait is interesting by itself. IMO as it is, it doesn't really need the help of any particular "negative space" (which is poorly represented here). I don't know how you can improve it without sacrificing the portrait at the same time. Maybe burning everything to almost black leaving only the brightest profile visible... but it would change everything and I'm not sure that the final image would be good.
This is some photo! I perfectly agree with amitabhkumar and Patty Capps for cropping a little from the top and for mantaining the black frame. Now this challenge is getting more interesting every minute...
I agree with ysal this time too: your first image was better.
I think ysal is right. It took to me some time to understand what was really wrong with this image. It seems to me that this picture gradually loses the empy space with the increasing of the blurring. Maybe the blurring is too much in the front or maybe is simply too much. IMO colours and contrast are very nice.
I agree with MargalitIL, try to compose your image with the bird on the left side. Maybe the branch is too bright, try to burn it a little. It's a nice pic.
Bird is nicely illuminated. IMO the left side of the background is too bright (my attention goes first to the top left corner and then to the bird). Maybe the nest too should be burned a little for not loosing the subject. It's a cute picture.
I agree with sparkey2, the background should be smoother. IMO, if it's the rule of third your following, you should try to compose the picture with the flower placed to the the right. Nice shot.
This is much better than your first one. Nice shot.
It's very nice and unusual. The bulb is the negative space for the filament while the background is negative space for the bulb. I've no suggestion for such a good shot.