One of the things that make a certain photo stand-out from others is AESTHETICS.
Whether you're a past-time photographer or a professional, the way you capture a scene is everything. That being said, even a compact camera can produce wonderful images - it's all up to the photographer's vision and his ability to interpret situations.
So, what is 'aesthetics'?.... That's the hard part, though. For me, 'Aesthetics' combines exposure, composition, lighting, final image quality, subject, background, colors, presentation and post-processing.
You must find for yourself, what makes your work an aesthetic one.
Ariel Cohen, Israel