This photo utilized a lovely afternoon sunset to brilliantly display the stained glass windows of a baptismal font.  When you add in the symmetry and converging lines it gave the photo a rather lovely cast.  It is convergence of several photographic principles that made the photo successful.  It recently was accepted to the Pentax Photo Gallery and became my highest grossing photo at the recent charity art auction I donated a 16x10 to. I know it worked when I heard several people come up and gasp the words "wow" or "Lovely".  I highly suggest just displaying your best work, and getting some real world feedback from someone other than your Mom and will inspire you to work harder and give you focus.