Maybe the reviewer didn't realize the significance of the star shape. Maybe they thought it wasn't a naturally occurring phenomenon. For what it's worth, I don't care for the lighting in either photo. They both have harsh, on-camera flash look that I dislike.
I know what you mean. Both fotos are the result of kind of a chance meeting and I had no external flash with me. At first I myself was not happy with the reflections and made several trys with diffrent distances as a kind of experiment. These were the best shots in my opinion. But if this would be the point the second picture should have been rejected having the stronger effect.
So still I have the feeling that a big part of the judgements is a matter of fortune who judges your picture, not only of accurately defined criteria...
Thanks for your answer!
With something as subjective as photography, it's always going to be the fortune of who judges it! You can always try resubmitting, I guess.
That´s an interesting point. I wasn´t sure if this is tolerated or regarded as breach of the rules or kind of cheating or something. Thanks for your help!