I really love the colors, and the serpentine curls of the creature, as well as its wings! Even the background is stellar! (No pun intended!) But then you look at its head and arms and that's where the truly sci-fi aspect comes into play. Very unique concept!
Great image man, I hope you win it. One thing that bugs me a little and i'm not sure that it was mentioned on CA, is in the bg the tecture you've used the brushe strokes are visible from the mask, just looks a teency bit off. But thats it other than that perfecto!
O_O I'm not sure if this is a comforting or disturbing concept for me. I have enough trouble getting to sleep when i think something is under the bed, let alone something like that. Although it does look nice so why the hell not :/ Either way, looky looky colours (>~_~)>