This layout is really good in general. The placement of the wood is very good and the scaper gave more attention to the hardscape letting free empty areas for a better observation. Observing the pieces of wood let you flow all over the aquarium without missing the details, colours and contrasts.
BUT, there is always a but and IMHO, is a bad thing that cost him a big penalization from me. Luck for him that the other judges didn't care about this kind of things; maybe I’m too rigorous on that, but I hate to see BBA Algae and the wood was filled with them! I could understand if the layout was maturated and it was in his home; but since he did bring all the wood and settled on the tank, one thing that he should do was to scratch the wood with the use of a knife or something similar. Simply cleaned it… It gave immediately a different look and not a lazy look to the layout.
Please take attention that this is only my point of view, the Jury was composed by 4 persons with different views and criteria!